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Legal aid

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It is often necessary to use a legal counsel to handle legal matters. Principally, the parties themselves pay for the legal assistance they need. If they cannot afford the assistance they need, it can be paid for in part or in full from state funds.

Legal aid can be provided in both court cases and other matters. The nature of the case and its significance affect the content of legal aid.

The state has legal aid offices, in which legal aid is provided by public legal counsels. In court cases, legal aid is provided not only by public legal counsel but also by lawyers and licensed legal counsel. In other cases, legal aid is generally provided by public legal counsels.

Legal aid is granted on the basis of the applicant's income, expenditure and wealth.

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You can apply for legal aid from any legal aid office, regardless of where you live. It is often most practical to use the nearest office.

Through the legal aid online services, you can make a preliminary calculation of whether you are entitled to legal aid. You can send your legal aid application electronically or on paper. The legal aid office makes a decision on legal aid based on the information you have provided in the application.

You can contact the legal aid office by phone, electronically or by visiting the office.

Contact information can be found in the right-hand column under Service locations.

To whom and on what terms

Legal aid is granted on the basis of the applicant's income, expenditure and wealth. You can make preliminary calculations of whether you are entitled to legal aid, in the online services. A preliminary calculation does not require logging into the service. You can find the link to the online services in the right-hand column under Links.

Read about the principles for granting legal aid on the legal aid website. You can find the "What income entitles for legal aid" link in the right-hand column under Links.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byState legal aid and advocacy districts
Responsible for the serviceState legal aid and advocacy districts
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesSwedish, Finnish
Text edited by: State legal aid and advocacy districts
Updated: 20/9/2022