Costs paid by the State

The State pays the attorney’s fees and other costs of legal service in full or in part, as well as certain other pertinent costs arising from the court proceedings.

The State pays

  • The fee and remuneration of the attorney either in full or in part, depending on the available means and deposits of the recipient of legal aid. Legal aid covers the services of the attorney up to eighty hours, unless the court for special reasons decides that legal aid is to continue. In matters other than court proceedings, there are no exceptions to the 80-hour limit
  • Interpretation and translation costs in full
  • The costs of evidence in court, in full
  • The other necessary costs of evidence, e.g. medical reports, in full.

When the applicant has legal expenses insurance and he or she has been granted legal aid for free, the State may pay the deductible of the insurance policy. For special reasons, also the costs exceeding the upper limit of the insurance can be paid. The amount to be paid is stated on the legal aid decision.

The recipient of legal aid gets the following free of charge

  • Court documents and other official documents that are necessary for dealing with the matter
  • Copies of official documents, service of notices, etc.
  • Notifications in the Official Gazette
  • An initial attempt at enforcement.

An applicant who is entitled to legal aid for free on the basis of his or her available means, but who is not deemed to need an attorney, may have the above charges waived.

The State will not compensate the opposing party for his or her legal costs in the event that the recipient of legal aid loses the case.

Published 11.11.2013