HC Deb 13 July 1977 vol 935 c130W
Mr. Gould

asked the Attorney-General what proportion of applications for legal aid in civil cases is approved by local legal aid committees; and on what grounds unsuccessful applications are turned down.

The Attorney-General

In 1976–77, 77.5 per cent. were approved, 8.2 per cent. were refused, and 14.3 per cent. were abandoned. Applications may be refused because the applicant is outside the financial limits for legal aid; because he has not shown that he has reasonable grounds for taking, defending or being a party to the proceedings; or because it appears unreasonable to the local legal aid committee that he should receive legal aid in the particular circumstances of the case.

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