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Magistrates’ Court & Youth Court
Every criminal case begins in the Magistrates’ Court or the Youth Court for anyone under 18 years old (unless charged together with an adult) Where possible an application for legal aid will need to be made prior to the hearing, however in some circumstances this will not be possible and the application can be completed at Court.
We can help you make the application by completing the forms with you. We will assist you in providing the information the LAA require on the forms to prevent any delay or the application being returned or refused.
At your first hearing, the court will have to decide whether to retain your case or transfer it to the Crown Court. If it is decided that your case will remain in the Magistrates’ or Youth Court then the decision on whether you will be eligible for legal aid will depend on two questions.
Is it in the interests of justice that you are represented?
Whether it is considered in the interests of justice that you are represented depends on a number of wide ranging factors, but the most common questions that will determine your eligibility are;
- Will you lose your liberty if the Court rules against you?
- Are you currently subject to a non-custodial sentence or other court order?
- Will you lose your livelihood if the Court rules against you?
- Will your reputation or good character be damaged if you are convicted?
- Is there a question of law that requires research?
- Will you be unable to understand the proceedings or present your own case if unrepresented?
- Do you have witnesses that need to be traced or interviewed in your defence?
- Will your case require expert cross-examination of a prosecution witness?
- Is it in the interests of another person that you are represented?
- Is there any other compelling reason that you should be represented?
Do you have the means to pay for representation yourself?
As a general rule, if you or your partner are in receipt of job-seekers allowance (JSA) employment support allowance (ESA) income support, Universal Credit or other state benefits, if between you, your household income is below £12,475 per year (£239.90 per week) or if you are under 18 years old, then you will automatically be deemed unable to pay for your representation and you will be eligible for legal aid.
If you and your partner between you have a household income above £22,325 then you will automatically be ineligible for legal aid and you should consider private funding to find out how we can help you.
If your total income from all sources falls between these figures, then a detailed means assessment will be required taking into consideration your household outgoings and dependent children. If your personal circumstances fall within this category, we will help you complete the detailed means assessment.
Whether or not you are eligible for legal aid, please contact us to discuss your case and whether we will be able to help you.
Call us now on 0844 414 6035
Early advice is crucial if you have been arrested or accused of a criminal offence. Our team of specialist criminal lawyers ensure our clients are properly represented and informed. Call us now to discuss your case.