Legal Services Commission LSC

  • The Legal Services Commission (LSC) runs the legal aid scheme in England and Wales.
  • We work in partnership with solicitors and not-for-profit organisations to provide information, advice and legal representation to people in need.
  • We also make sure that people get the information, advice and legal help they need to deal with a wide range of problems.
  • Our vision is to make sure clients can access the help they need to address their legal problems.
  • Each year the LSC helps more than two million people to deal with their legal problems.
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About Legal Aid: … Helping people in need: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) runs the legal aid scheme in England and Wales and helps people in need receive high quality legal advice, assistance and representation. The Ministry of Justice oversees our work.  

The annual budget is set by the treasury and provides funding for legal aid to help people:

  • Protect their basic rights and get a fair hearing,
  • Access the court process to sort out disputes,
  • Solve problems that contribute to social exclusion.

How do we deliver legal services? We run two schemes:

  • The Community Legal Service (CLS) provides advice and legal representation for people involved in civil cases,
  • The Criminal Defence Service (CDS) provides advice and legal representation for people facing criminal charges.

More about legal aid:

  • Visit the Community Legal Advice website,
  • What is legal aid and who can get it?
  • How do the legal aid schemes work?
  • Want to work as a legal aid solicitor or adviser?
  • How to find legal information and get help with a legal problem
  • Legal aid information leaflets for practical information on civil and criminal legal aid.

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