Public Funding (Legal Aid)

Public Funding (Legal Aid) in Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff, South Wales

image of solicitor meetingYou may need a Solicitor to help with legal matters but cannot afford to pay for their services. In some situations you may be eligible for legal aid.

Passmores can advise on whether you qualify for this funding and, if so, could start legal work without you having to pay.

From the 1st April 2013, Legal Aid will not be available for a large number of cases. There are certain cases that will still be eligible for Legal Aid and they are as follows:

  • Children’s Care Proceedings
  • Private Family cases where there is evidence of domestic violence (to include divorce,contact and residence disputes)
  • Private Law Children cases where there is evidence of child abuse
  • Child Abduction matters
  • Legal Advice in support of mediation
  • Domestic Violence Injunction cases
  • Forced Marriage protection order cases

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, this will be the gateway for your entitlement to Legal Aid in the vast majority of cases. Domestic Violence is defined as ‘Any incident, or pattern of incidents of controlling, cohersive, or threatening behaviour violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated with each other’.

In order to prove you have been a victim of domestic violence you will need to provide one of the following pieces of evidence before you will be entitled to Legal Aid:

  • Your former spouse/partner has a relevant unspent conviction for domestic violence
  • Your former spouse/partner has a relevant police caution for domestic violence within the last 24 months
  • A relevant protective injunction against your spouse/partner which was granted within the last 24 months
  • A letter from the chairperson of a multi agency risk assessment risk conference (MARAC) confirming that you were a high risk victim of domestic violence within the last 24 months
  • A letter from a health professional who has examined you within the last 24 months and your injuries/condition is consistent with that of a victim of domestic violence
  • A letter from a social service department confirming that in the last 24 months you have been assessed as being a victim of domestic violence
  • A letter from a domestic violence support organisation confirming that in the last 24 months you have been admitted for a period of at least 24 hours in a refuge establishment

Passmores Solicitors has a franchised seal of approval awarded by the Legal Services Commission. This demonstrates our strong commitment to providing clients with a service of high quality.

If you live or work in Barry, the Vale of Glamorgan or Cardiff in south Wales and would like to see if you qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) then speak to one of our specialists today.

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