“The more laws, the less justice is served.”
From 1st April 2013, the Legal Aid system incurred a series of changes in order to cut Legal Aid spending in certain areas. This means that most civil matters will not be funded by the Legal Aid System, and other cases will be determined on a Means Test basis.
Legal Aid will ‘not’ fund:
The Legal Aid system will continue funding other Claims such as:
How will the Means Test be carried out?
If you have a ‘hold income’ of less than £14,000 per year, and disposable assets of less than £1,000, then you will be entitled to full Legal Aid.
If however; you have a household income of between £14,000 and £32,000 per year, then you will need to go through a detailed Means Test in order to qualify for a subsidiary of Legal Aid.
If you have an income of more than £32,000, you will not qualify for Legal Aid.
If your household income is less than £14,000, but you have disposable assets of over £1,000; then you will need to pay certain contributions.
Changes to the Criminal Legal Aid System
There have also been a number of changes to criminal Legal Aid within the reforms:
You can use the Government’s Online Legal Aid Checker to see whether you are entitled to Legal Aid or not.