• legal advice
• helping you resolve matters in dispute
• preparing legal documents
• representing you in court.
Grants of legal assistance are usually for criminal or family matters, but they can also be given in some other matters such as immigration, social security, mental health or discrimination cases.
Who can get a grant of legal assistance
When considering if you are eligible for a grant, Legal Aid we look at:
• what your case is about
• the likely benefit to you
• if helping you can benefit the public
• your financial situation using a means test.
The means test applies to most adults and takes into account:
• money you get from work, welfare benefits or other sources
• if you own anything of value, like a house or car
• your weekly living expenses.
The means test also looks at whether you support anyone else, or if they support you.