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Not too sure if this is the section to ask this but....

 

I'm on benefits and I'm in the ESA Support Group and I've been to court and received what the police said was free legal aid but there were some forms to fill in on this, to see if I am eligible, at the court.

 

There was a mix up on this as they didn't say why they were asking about my benefits and the forms were incorrectly filled in. My situation is that I have gone over the £16,000 threshold which stops the actual benefit payments and was wondering what the rules are about how much you need to have, £-wise, to not make you eligible for legal aid?

 

Please note I have to do this at the library so if there are any questions it could be some days before I reply.

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Andy

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I'm on benefits and I'm in the ESA Support Group and I've been to court and received what the police said was free legal aid but there were some forms to fill in on this, to see if I am eligible, at the court.

 

There was a mix up on this as they didn't say why they were asking about my benefits and the forms were incorrectly filled in. My situation is that I have gone over the £16,000 threshold which stops the actual benefit payments and was wondering what the rules are about how much you need to have, £-wise, to not make you eligible for legal aid?

 

Is this a criminal case in the magistrates' court ?

 

If your household income is less than £12,745, then you should still qualify for legal aid. Capital (including equity if you own your own home) is not taken in to account if it is under £30,000 should you be found guilty. But funding for legal aid is being cut all the time, so I may be a little out of date with the numbers.

 

Your local CAB should be up to date with the current rules and advise you accordingly.

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