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In What you need to know we explained about the different types of help you may be able to get if you are involved in criminal proceedings.


The following sections tell you about some other aspects:

What you can do if your application for legal aid is refused?

You or your solicitor can ask us to reconsider.  

If you don’t get legal aid, and your solicitor wants to work privately for you, you will have to pay for this. They must explain to you, and you must agree to, their terms of business before they can start working for you privately.  

 

Can I apply for legal aid to appeal against a verdict, sentence etc?

Yes, with your solicitor, you can apply to us for criminal legal aid to cover the cost of this, even if you did not have it for the original proceedings.

 

Can I change solicitor?

Yes, but you will have to show us that you have good reasons for this. You should speak to a solicitor about this.

 

How will you use the information I give you?

See our leaflet 'Access to information' (PDF).

 

What if I am unhappy with how you or my solicitor have acted?

Our Customer Guide to Compaints explains our own complaints procedure and who to complain to about other individuals or organisations.


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