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Criminal cases


Criminal legal assistance helps people who have been charged with a criminal offence to get legal advice and representation. 


In most cases, you will have to apply for criminal legal assistance through your solicitor. In some cases, though, it may automatically be available immediately without having to apply. This may be through the duty solicitor.

What follows on these pages is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance:


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11, Apr, 2019

Vacancies - Civil casework solicitors

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01, Apr, 2019

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08, Mar, 2019

SLAB welcomes new legal aid advisory panel

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14, Feb, 2019

Legal aid applicant fined after pleading guilty to fraud

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