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Important Legal Aid Changes for Domestic Abuse Victims
As of the 8 January 2018, changes to evidence requirements in relation to eligibility for legal aid came into effect with the effect that more victims of domestic abuse will now be eligible to receive legal aid.
The previous five-year time limit on abuse evidence has been abolished and there is now no time limit imposed.
In addition, the range of documents that will be accepted as evidence of abuse has been opened up so that applicants who may not have previously qualified are now eligible.
All cases will continue to be means and merits tested meaning that as well as having the required domestic abuse evidence applicants must also continue to qualify financially to receive legal aid.