If your case is committed or sent to the Crown Court, you will automatically qualify for legal aid on merit once you have completed application forms. Crown Court cases are also means tested and therefore your financial circumstances will have to be considered. It is important that you provide as much information as possible.
You will need to provide:
- Wage slips for the past 3 months
- Bank statements for the last 3 months for all bank accounts
- Details of any outgoings you may have (i.e. utility bills, debt, child support payments)
- Accounts/tax forms if you are self-employed
- Any assets you have i.e. properties and savings
- The same information for your partner (if living together or married)
A large percentage of Crown Court cases are fully funded, however you may be asked to contribute towards your case depending on your financial circumstances. We will ensure that we support you through this process and explain the various options available to you.
If you are acquitted as a privately paying client you may be entitled to recover some or all of your legal costs.