Shrewsbury, Abbey House 01743 285 888
Shrewsbury, Talbot House 01743 218 450
Telford 01952 297 979
Newport 01952 810 307
Bridgnorth 01746 768 748
It is particularly concerning that there appears to be a general belief that Legal Aid is no longer available for family proceedings and in particular for victims of domestic violence. This is not the case. Whilst the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act took away the availability of Legal Aid from a number of areas, it is still available in family proceedings in certain circumstances.
For example, legal representation is available if you are a victim of domestic violence where you require an injunction or Occupation Order (to allow you to remain in the house exclusively from the other party). There are many forms of domestic violence and it is not just about physical violence.
Furthermore, Legal Aid may also still be available for financial issues, divorce and children issues where you have been a victim of domestic violence or where a child is at risk. This aspect will require evidence. This could be evidenced in the form of a conviction for a domestic violence offence, a police caution, a non-molestation order or undertaking made within the last 2 years, or a letter from a health professional, social services department or domestic violence support organisation.
Depending on the type of case, legal aid may or may not be means tested.
Whilst the number of firms offering Legal Aid in the region is dropping, we at Terry Jones Solicitors are committed to continuing to provide access to justice for those who need legal representation and access to the Court system but who may not be able to afford it.
If you or a family member needs help with paying for legal advice, you may still be able to get legal aid.
For a confidential, no obligation discussion please call Gemma Hughes on 01743 285888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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