Legal representation by a lawyer
We will pay for a lawyer to represent you if:
- your legal problem is covered by our legal aid rules (see below for the list of coverage areas),
- you meet our financial guidelines, and
- you have no other way of getting legal help.
Legal problems that may be covered by legal aid include:
- criminal charges,
- mental health and prison issues,
- serious family problems,
- child protection matters, and
- immigration problems.
To find out what your legal aid lawyer should do for you, see What You Should Expect from Your Legal Aid Lawyer. This fact sheet is available in other languages in our Multilingual publications section.