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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is legal aid?
  2. Is legal aid free?
  3. Can I get a lawyer for court quickly?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. What do I do if my application is refused?
  6. Where should I send my completed application?

 

1. What is legal aid?

Legal aid is a program available to help people with serious legal problems who are in financial need and cannot afford private counsel.

Legal aid is funded by the Federal and Provincial governments and by the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

2. Is legal aid free?

In many cases legal aid may be provided without charge, but not always. In some cases you may be required to pay some of the cost of the legal aid coverage you receive.

In determining whether someone can afford to cover part of the cost, and if so what portion of the cost they will be asked to pay, the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission will take a detailed look at your financial position.

3. Can I get a lawyer for court quickly?

All efforts are made to provide you a lawyer quickly. There is an application process which is completed as quickly as possible. Once a decision has been made, you will receive a Notice of Disposition telling you if your application was approved.

The time is takes to hear about your application depends on a number of factors:

  • the areas of law involved
  • the geographical region in which you live
  • the availability of staff lawyers and
  • the time required to complete a case merit assessment.

If your application is approved, a staff lawyer will be in contact with you. If your application is refused, you will be advised of your right to appeal.

If you already have a court date set or some urgency to your request, or if you are under investigation and have been contacted by the authorities, be sure to raise this information when you call to make your initial appointment. We will do our best to process your application quickly.

4. How do I apply?

Click here for information on how to apply.

5. What do I do if my application is refused?

You have the right to appeal. The process is outlined here.

6. Where should I send my completed application?

Please send your completed application and required financial information to your local office.