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Legal Aid was replaced in April 2000 by Community Legal Service Funding, sometimes called Public Funding.
CLS funding may be granted to eligible parties in Children Act cases, including contact, residence and parental responsibility proceedings. It is a common condition that the case is started in the Family Proceedings (Magistrates) Court.
It is not necessary to delay making an application under the Children Act while awaiting the outcome of a Legal Aid application (which may take several weeks) if you are prepared to act as a litigant in person at the start of the case. In some circumstances emergency Legal Aid may be granted.
A Legal Aid certificate may be challenged by either party on grounds of merit (the case should not benefit from public money) or means (a party is not financially eligible).
For further information contact the Legal Services Commission (England and Wales only).
For Legal Aid in Scotland contact the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
Legal Services Commission Regional Offices
020 7759 1500
012 1665 4700
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011 7302 3000
|Cambridge||012 2341 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|012 4440 4500|
011 3390 7300
015 1242 5200
|Manchester||016 1244 5000|
|019 1244 email@example.com|
|Nottingham||011 5908 firstname.lastname@example.org|
011 8955 8600
|Cardiff||029 2064 email@example.com|
85 Gray's Inn Road,
Tel: 020 7759 0000
Updated 21 February, 2005