Legal Aid Act 1960

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1960 c. 28


Legal Aid Act, 1960

(8 & 9 Eliz. 2) 28

An Act to relax the financial conditions for legal aid under Part I of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949, and under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act, 1949, by altering the limits on disposable income and disposable capital, and the maximum amount of the contribution to the legal aid fund, to make further provision for the remuneration of counsel and solicitors in connection with such legal aid or with applications for it, and to explain references in those Acts to payment and the like.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Financial conditions for legal aid.

1 Financial conditions for legal aid.

(1) In subsection (1) of section two of the Legal Aid Act (in the words ‘legal aid shall be available for any person whose disposable income does not exceed four hundred and twenty pounds a year’) for the words ‘four hundred and twenty pounds a year’ there shall be substituted the words ‘seven hundred pounds a year or such larger yearly figure as may be prescribed’, and in the proviso (under which a person with a disposable capital of more than five hundred pounds may be refused legal aid) after the words ‘five hundred pounds’ there shall be inserted the words ‘or such larger figure as may be prescribed’.

(2) In subsection (1) of section three of the Legal Aid Act (which imposes a maximum on a person's contribution to the legal aid fund by reference to the amounts of his disposable income and disposable capital) there shall be substituted—

(a ) for the words ‘half the amount (if any) by which his disposable income exceeds one hundred and fifty-six pounds a year’the words ‘one third of the amount (if any) by which his disposable income exceeds two hundred and fifty pounds a year or such larger yearly figure as may be prescribed’; and

(b ) for the words ‘the amount (if any) by which his disposable capital exceeds seventy-five pounds’ the words ‘the amount (if any) by which his disposable capital exceeds one hundred and twenty-five pounds or such larger figure as may be prescribed’;

and in subsection (5) of section five (which restricts the right of persons with disposable income or disposable capital exceeding specified figures to receive legal aid in matters not involving litigation) for the words ‘for any person whose disposable income exceeds one hundred and fifty-six pounds a year or whose disposable capital exceeds seventy-five pounds’ there shall be substituted the words ‘for any person whose disposable income or disposable capital is enough to...

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