Legal aid is generally only available in the civil courts – the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court, as well as when any of these courts makes a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union on a point of EU law. It is also available in “prescribed tribunals”,
though at the moment, the only prescribed tribunal is the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.
It is worth noting however, that while we cannot grant a legal aid certificate for a matter before a tribunal which is not prescribed – eg. the Labour Court – there is no problem with legal advice being granted prior to the applicant appearing before the tribunal. There is also no problem, if a right of appeal from a decision of the tribunal concerned to a court exists, for the applicant to return to the law centre to apply for legal aid in respect of any such appeal.