Legal aid data
Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.
You’ll usually need to show that:
- your case is eligible for legal aid
- the problem is serious
- you cannot afford to pay for legal costs
Legal aid overview
Closed-case measure of expenditure - nominal terms (£m)
2022-23 (source). 'nominal terms' means not adjusted for inflation.
RDEL (resource departmental expenditure limit) (£m)
2021-22 (source). Figures for 2022-23 will be updated once the LAA accounts are laid before parliament
This area covers work carried out by legal aid providers at police stations and in magistrates' courts in relation to people accused of or charged with criminal offences. Prison law is also included within the latter category.
Total claim volume
Police station advice
Magistrates court representation
Advice & assistance on appeals
Civil work associated with crime cases
Total legal aid expenditure - crime lower (£'000)
Information is provided on legal representation in the Crown Court and above. This includes, Crown Court cases (typically solicitor prepares case for trial and barrister or solicitor advocate provides representation), Very High Cost Cases (extensive evidence reviewed and case prepared by solicitor where the senior counsel (QC) often presents).
Higher courts volume of completed cases and claims
Litigator graduated fee scheme (LGFS)
Advocate Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)
Very high cost crime
Total higher courts value (£'000)
Litigator graduated fee scheme (LGFS) value (£'000)
Advocate Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) value (£'000)
Very high cost crime value (£'000)
Litigator legacy (pre 2008) & discretionary
Advocate legacy (pre 2005) & discretionary
Total legal aid expenditure - crime higher (£'000)
This is a form of civil legal services which includes advice and assistance about a legal problem, but does not include representation or advocacy in proceedings. It is usually the first point of civil legal advice and can be over the telelphone or face-to-face.
Total matters started
Total volume of claims submitted
Housing Possession court duty scheme (HPCDS) starts
Total value (£'000) of claims submitted
Civil Representation is representation by solicitors and barristers for civil cases, which could go to court. Many legal help cases will extend to civil representation with full investigations undertaken or in court representation given although it is possible enter straight into civil representation.
Total received applications
Total certificates granted
Total certificates completed
Civil representation costs met by LAA total completed
Total applications received in period via the domestic violence and child abuse gateway
Total applications granted in period via the domestic violence and child abuse gateway
Family mediation involves an independent and impartial professionally accredited mediator discussing problems with a divorcing or separating couple in an attempt to reach agreement without using the courts.
This scheme was introduced in April 2013 for clients whose case falls outside the scope of legal aid, but failure to grant funding could breach their human rights or EU legal rights. The same means and merits criteria apply as for legal aid, but there is an additional ECF merits criteria to be met.