Legal aid & advice

Every person living in Ireland has a set of rights and responsibilities under the law of the land. If during your time in college you are unfortunate enough to need some legal advice there are a number of places you can turn for help. When faced with a legal problem get some professional advice as soon as possible.

Legal Aid Board

The Board is responsible for the provision of legal aid and advice on matters of civil law to persons unable to fund such services from their own resources. The Board does not provide aid in criminal matters.The Board will offer legal advice and representation at a minimum cost to those below a certain means. How much you contribute to the costs of getting advice and pursuing your particular case will depend on your means.

Criminal Legal Aid

In Ireland if your constitutional right to legal representation applies and you don't have the means to pay for legal representation, then the State (or Government) is obliged to provide that legal representation. If a charge carries a possible prison sentence and you, as the defendant, are not legally represented, the District Court judge is required to inform you that you may be entitled to legal aid. If you wish to be legally represented and you claim that you can't afford it, the judge must consider whether you qualify for free legal aid.

Free Legal Advice

FLAC is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realisation of equal access to justice for all. It campaigns through advocacy, strategic litigation and authoritative analysis for the eradication of social and economic exclusion.

The Free Legal Advice Centre, a non-governmental organisation, operates a number of stations all over the country. FLAC offers free legal advice on a range of issues. Their main areas are: employment law, social welfare, credit and debit law and public interest/human rights. FLAC operates a telephone service as well as drop-in and appointment centers.

For Further Information

Citizens Information
Legal Aid Board
Free Legal Advice Centre