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A professional, efficient, cost-effective, accessible legal aid and advice service.

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Welcome to the Legal Aid Board website.
The Board is responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resources.

The Legal Aid Board does not provide legal aid in criminal matters.


Photo depicting a civil legal aid consultation between staff and clientsCivil Legal Aid
The Board’s services are provided by a variety of means including a network of thirty three full time law centres located throughout the country and a number of other part time law centres.
More Information on Civil Legal Aid

Photo of pillars outside a courthouseGarda Station Legal Advice Scheme
The Garda Station Legal Advice Scheme provides that, in certain circumstances, legal advice will be provided to persons detained under certain legislation in Garda Stations. The Scheme was launched in 2001 and originally administered by the Department of Justice and Equality. As of October 1st 2011, the Legal Aid Board has taken over the administration of the "Garda Station Legal Advice Scheme" from the Courts Policy Division in the Department of Justice.

Full details on the Scheme can be obtained by reading the document
Garda Station Legal Advice Scheme



Photo of pillars outside a courthouseLegal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme (Formerly the Attorney General’s Scheme)

The Legal Aid - Custody Issues Scheme provides payment for legal representation in certain types of litigation, in the High Court and the Supreme Court, not covered by Civil Legal Aid or the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. The cases covered include certain types of Judicial Review, Bail Applications, Extradition, European Arrest Warrants and Habeas Corpus Applications. It is an ex gratia scheme set up with funds made available by the Oireachtas.

With effect from the 1st June 2012, the remit for the administration of the Scheme was transferred from the Department of Justice and Equality to the Legal Aid Board.

The Scheme, which was formerly known as the "Attorney General’s Scheme", was renamed by the Department on the 1st January 2013 as the "Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme".

Full details on the Scheme can be obtained by reading the document

Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme

Photo of pillars outside a courthouseCriminal Assets Bureau Ad-hoc Legal Aid Scheme
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) Ad-hoc Legal Aid Scheme was introduced by the Department of Justice and Equality with effect from the 2nd April 1998. The Scheme may be applicable under the following circumstances:
    > Where people are Respondents and / or Defendants in any Court proceedings brought by, or in the name of, the Criminal Assets Bureau or its Chief Bureau Officer or any member of the Criminal Assets Bureau. This includes certain proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act, 1996, the Revenue Acts or the Social Welfare Acts
    > Where Social Welfare Appeals are made to the Circuit Court under Section 34 of the Social Welfare Act, 1997 (this is now considered to apply to Social Welfare Appeals under Section 307 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005) and where the Criminal Assets Bureau or its Chief Bureau Officer or any member of the Criminal Assets Bureau is the Respondent
    > Where Tax Appeals are made to the Circuit Court under the Taxes Acts and where the Criminal Assets Bureau or its Chief Bureau Officer or any member of the Criminal Assets Bureau is the Respondent
    > Where applications are made by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1994

The scope of the Scheme does not cover any Court proceedings other than those specifically referred to above. As of January 1st 2014, the administration of the Scheme transfers from the Courts Policy Division of the Department of Justice and Equality to the Legal Aid Board.
Further details on the Scheme can be obtained by reading the following document
Criminal Assets Bureau Ad-hoc Legal Aid Scheme

photo containing the Family Mediation Service logoFamily Mediation Service
The Family Mediation Service is a free state-run service operating under the Legal Aid Board and staffed by professionally trained and accredited mediators. Family mediation is a service to help married and non-married couples who have decided to separate or divorce or who have already separated. The service is also available to parents who have never lived together but have a child between them. Mediation is not marriage counselling or a legal advice service. Clients are helped by a mediator to negotiate their own terms of agreement taking into account the needs and interests of all involved.
More information on the Family Mediation Service

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Services for Asylum Seekers

The Service for Asylum Seekers provides confidential and independent legal services to persons applying for asylum in Ireland. Legal aid and advice is provided also in appropriate cases on immigration and deportation matters. The Service for Asylum Seekers has three offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
More information on the Service for Asylum Seekers

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Refugee Documentation Centre

The Refugee Documentation Centre (RDC) is an independent library and research service within the Legal Aid Board.
More information on the Refugee Documentation Centre

Photo with the wording Human TraffickingHuman Trafficking - Legal Advice and Aid
The Legal Aid Board provides legal services on certain matters to persons identified by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) as “potential victims” of human trafficking under the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008.
More information on Human Trafficking-Legal Advice and Aid



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