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Civil legal aid application forms changed to reflect new eligibility criteria

The Legal Aid Agency has made changes to the civil legal aid application forms to reflect amendments to the eligibility regulations removing the mortgage cap as part of the means test for civil legal aid.

Previous versions of the application forms will continue to be accepted until 31 March 2021.

However, the previous forms still refer to the mortgage cap and providers must ensure that the correct regulations are applied in the calculation of an individual's means and therefore the full mortgage/secured loan must be deducted.

The new forms should be used by advisers as soon as possible.

The Legal Aid Agency is in the process of implementing the necessary changes made to the regulations to make sure that claimants with a mortgage over a specific value are not disadvantaged in applying for legal aid.

For further details of the changes to eligibility criteria, click here.