If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence, you can:
You should apply for legal aid as soon as you have been charged or received a summons to appear in court. Do not wait until your first day in court.
To apply for legal aid, you’ll need information about your income, assets, financially dependent children, and the case you’re involved in. You can get help from a lawyer, court staff, or legal aid staff.
The application form you will need depends on the type of offence you have been charged with.
You need to take your court summons with you when you go to see a lawyer or apply for legal aid. This is because it contains information that needs to go on the legal aid application form.
You will also need to provide the following information:
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