Funding / Legal Aid
Maguires Solicitors have been awarded the Specialist Quality Mark by the Legal Aid Agency, which means we hold a contract to carry out Legal Aid work. Wherever possible we will obtain funding for your case from the Legal Aid Agency. Different types of funding depend on your case and where the hearings take place.
Most of our clients are entitled to receive legal aid or funding for their case and our criminal defence solicitors will provide you with all the information you need.
- In the Magistrates Court Legal Aid is available to you if you qualify for it, this depends on your financial situation and how serious your case is (the interest of justice test) – our solicitors can advise further.
- In the Crown Court Legal Aid is always available for prosecutions against you, however depending on your financial circumstances you may need to make contributions. Our solicitors can advise you further once we know your circumstance.
- Funding your case yourself – we will be able to provide you with an estimate of our costs for you to consider and we can discuss payment options if legal aid is not available for your matter.
You are entitled to a free initial consultation where we will discuss your case and options.