How does it work?
Legal Aid South Africa has a mandate from the South African Constitution to help the poor get tax-funded legal assistance. It is important that we make sure the people we help need our assistance the most.
If you ask us for legal assistance we will ask you to complete a form so we can understand how much money you earn each month and what things you own, like a car or house. This is called the Means Test. A Legal Aid South Africa official is always available to help you fill this form in.
How we help
Provided you qualify for help, we can assist with:
- Criminal cases – These are cases where you are suspected of committing a crime.
- Civil cases – These are cases where a judge needs to decide on a dispute between you and someone else, or a company.
Sometimes an issue may include both a civil and criminal case. For example, you may be charged with a crime (under criminal law) and by another person (under civil law).