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Persons of insufficient means

Section 29

It is important to know that civil legal services are only available to people who do not have enough money to pay for a solicitor themselves. What that means is that, except in limited circumstances, we assess each application for civil legal
services to see if the applicant is financially eligible for the service.

A person is financially eligible for legal services when their disposable income and the value of their disposable capital (excluding the family home) are less than prescribed limits. These limits are determined by the Minister for Justice and Equality (through a set of Regulations, currently the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996-2016) and may change from time to time. 

Disposable income means income after income tax, PRSI, USC, PRD, allowances for children and spouses, and accommodation costs. The disposable income limit is currently €18,000 per annum.
Disposable capital means that outstanding loans are deducted from the applicant’s capital. The disposable capital limit is currently €100,000.

The Administrative Procedures Handbook covers in greater detail the financial criteria for civil legal services and the process of applying