Denial/Withdrawal of Legal Aid Services

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

After you fill out your application for legal aid, it can be denied or accepted. It can also be withdrawn at a later stage after the application has been accepted and legal aid has been provided.


Denying Legal Aid

Legal aid can be denied1:


Withdrawing Legal Aid

Legal aid can be withdrawn in the following circumstances1:

  • Where the person who applied under the income category is found to possess sufficient means to pay for legal services required.
  • Where the person obtained legal services by misrepresentation or fraud.
  • Where the person does not cooperate with the Legal Services Authority/Committee or with the legal services lawyer. 
  • Where the person engages a legal practitioner, like a lawyer, other than the one assigned by the Legal Services Authority/Committee. 
  • Where the person has died, except in the case of civil proceedings where the right/liability is still present
  • Where the application for legal service or the matter in question is found to be an abuse of the process of law or of legal services.
  1. FAQs, National Legal Service Authority, [] []

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