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Legal Aid in the European Union

The European Union have set up rules that allow EU residents to apply for legal aid in most other EU countries (except Denmark). Under these rules, if you live in Ireland, you can apply for legal aid in most other EU countries. If you live in another EU country, you can apply for legal aid in Ireland. 

I live in another EU member state and need legal aid in Ireland

If you live in another member state of the European Union (including Northern Ireland, but not Denmark) and want to apply for legal aid in Ireland, you should complete the EU legal aid application form.

You can return the application form to the legal aid authority in your home country or to us. We will make the decision on whether or not you can get legal aid in Ireland - the only thing the legal aid authority in your home country will do is forward the form to us.

I need legal aid in another EU member state

If your case is in England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland, you can contact the legal aid authority directly for information on applying for legal aid:

  • Legal Aid Agency (England and Wales) (0044) 845 345 4 345
  • Scottish Legal Aid Board  (0044) 131 226 7061
  • Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland (048) 9040 8888

If you need legal aid in another EU member state (except for Denmark), you should complete the EU legal aid application form (also available as a Microsoft Word document) and return to us at Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahirsiveen, Co. Kerry V23 RD36. The decision on whether or not you will get legal aid will be made by the legal aid authority in the country where the case will be. We will not make that decision.

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Application Form

Application Form for Legal Aid under Council Directive 2003.8.EC PDF (file size 282KB)

Application Form for Legal Aid under Council Directive 2003.8.EC Word (file size 83.5MB)

I live outside the EU and need legal aid in Ireland

You should complete the standard application form for civil legal aid and advice and return it to one of our law centres.

I live in Ireland and need legal aid outside the EU

You will need to apply to the legal aid authority in the country you need legal aid.

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