THE 2017 LEGAL AID SCHEME

What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is public funding that provides either full or part payment (depending on an individuals income and circumstances) to legal practitioners who are representing people either during the investigation of an offence or throughout legal proceedings in the Falkland Islands.

Not all cases attract legal aid and the Legal Aid Scheme details the test that is applied when considering whether the grant of legal aid is merited.

Dependant upon someone's financial circumstances, legal aid may be granted with a requirement that a percentage of the overall cost of representation and/or a lump sum contribution amount is paid by the represented person. All grants of Legal Aid for representation are given a financial limit and detail what they are granted for.

Who Administers Legal Aid?

The Legal Aid Scheme is administered by the Courts.  The court staff deal with the administration of all applications made, including applications for payment. Any bills submitted to the court for payment may be taxed. Taxation is a process whereby the Courts consider the work undertaken by the legal practitioner and determine if a) the work is covered by the Scheme and b) whether that work was necessary to effectively manage and advance the case.

A full copy of the Legal Aid Scheme is available via the link below, along with the forms to apply for legal aid. Should you have any questions regarding your eligibility for legal aid please consult a legal practitioner.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Completed, signed and scanned forms may be submitted to the court at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For a copy of the full Scheme click here

 

Legal Aid Forms

LA1 - Claim for work done under the Criminal Advice and Assistance Scheme

LA2 - Application for Legal Aid under the Criminal Representation Order Scheme

LA3 - Claim for work done under the Criminal Representation Order Scheme

LA4 - Application for Legal Aid under the Civil Advice and Assistance Scheme

LA5 - Claim for work done under the Civil Advice and Assistance Scheme

LA6 - Application for Legal Aid under the Civil Representation Order Scheme (Civil & Family)

LA7 - Application for Legal Aid under the Civil Representation Order Scheme (Children Ordinance)

LA8 - Claim for work done under a Civil Representation Order

LAM - Means Form and Declaration and Authority