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 matters and in particular for victims of domestic violence.
Whilst the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act which came into force back in April 2013 considerably reduced the amount of cases where Legal Aid is available, it is still available for family matters in certain circumstances.
For example, legal representation is still available if you are a victim of domestic violence. There is also a common misconception that domestic violence relates only to physical violence, this is not true. Domestic violence means any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.
So long as evidence of domestic violence can be shown either through a conviction, a police caution, a non-molestation order, or a letter from a health profession, social services or a domestic violence support organisation, Legal Aid may still be available for a number of family matters including divorce and children issues. Depending on the type of case, availability may or may not be means tested.
The number of firms that offer Legal Aid across the region has significantly dropped however, we at Terry Jones Solicitors continue to provide access to justice for those who need legal representation and access to the Court system who may not necessarily be able to afford it.
If you, or a family member, need help with paying for legal advice, Legal Aid may still be available. Until the end of February 2016, we are offiering a free half an hour appointment in which we can give initial advice and discuss eligibility for Legal Aid. Should you wish to contact us to discuss any issue you may have please do so on 01743 285888 or 01952 297979 or alternatively firstname.lastname@example.org.
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