Legal aid helps with the costs of legal advice for people who can't afford it. If you need help with the costs of legal advice, you can apply for legal aid. Whether you will receive it depends on:
We can provide Legal aid for some types of housing problem. For example, we undertake housing work in the following areas:
In addition we have expanded on the area we cover. Our certificated work in the above issues currently cover all Cambridgeshire and the East.
If you see an adviser, you should take evidence of your income with you if you can. For example, if you're:
People in receipt of income support, guaranteed pension credit or
income based jobseekers allowance are automatically eligible for
legal aid; but you will have to provide proof of your benefit
If you are not automatically eligible because you do not receive the benefits detailed above you can use our legal aid calculator to see whether you could get legal aid for a civil case.
If you have been charged with a crime and want to know if you could get legal aid in the courts, speak to a solicitor who specialises in criminal law. You can use our directory to find one. For criminal cases, you will need to go through a means test. The website of the Legal Aid Agency contains more information about means testing.
Peterborough CAB has a housing
service with specially trained staff who are able to offer free,
confidential and impartial advice to those with housing issues. If you are
eligible for legal aid our staff are skilled specialist advisers who
will be able to assess your financial situation and present you with
the options that are appropriate in your specific circumstances.
If you need help from us, your first step is to visit our ‘get advice’ page.
Peterborough CAB offers a legal aid service for qualifying civil cases.
Please read though this page for full details.