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.
Civil Legal AidThe 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 |
|Garda 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
|Legal 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”.
Further details on the Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme can be obtained by contacting the Board at the following address:
The Legal Aid Board,
Legal Aid - Custody Issues Scheme,
Criminal Legal Aid Section,
47 Upper Mount Street,
Phone: 01 6441913
The information for this area of our website is currently being updated
|Family 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
Refugee Legal Service
|The Refugee Legal Service (RLS) 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 RLS has three offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway.|
More Information on the Refugee Legal Service
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
|Human 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