FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) is an independent, voluntary organisation that helps people to understand and access their legal rights. FLAC offers some basic legal assistance for free and in confidence.
This service in available by appointment only. Contact Drogheda Community Services Centre to make an appointment at 041 9836084.
CIVIL LEGAL AID
The Legal Aid Board provides legal services in relation to civil law matters to eligible persons. To qualify for services you must satisfy the Board's financial eligibility requirements. You must also satisfy the Board that your case has merit. All board services are governed by the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations.
Legal aid means representation by a solicitor or barrister in civil proceedings in the District, Circuit, High and Supreme Courts. Legal aid is available also for representation before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.
Legal aid is not granted automatically. If you require representation for a court case, the Board will consider if it is reasonable for to grant legal aid. This procedure is called the merits test. This test is applied to each individual case. If the Board considers that it is reasonable to grant legal aid, a legal aid certificate will be issued to you and you will have legal representation for your case.
Legal aid is provided by solicitors employed by the Board in its law centres. In certain family law and asylum cases, legal aid may be provided by solicitors in private practice who are contracted by the Board and placed on a panel for this purpose.
Legal aid is available in relation to most civil matters. A limited number of matters are excluded from the scope of civil legal aid, and you should consult with your local law centre solicitor if you need more information or clarification on this.
Much of the legal aid that is provided by the Board relates to family disputes. The Board is keen to ensure that going to court is seen as the last option and you will be advised appropriately of other options available to you.
While the Board does not provide direct legal aid or advice in respect of criminal matters, it does hold the responsibility for the management and administration of three Ad-hoc Criminal Legal Aid Schemes, namely:
1. The Garda Station Legal Advice Revised Scheme
2. The Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme
3. The Criminal Assets Bureau Ad-hoc Legal Aid Scheme
For further information & to make an appointment please contact:
Drogheda Community Services at 041-9836084.