What is an Assigned Solicitor?
An Assigned Solicitor is a private lawyer who has volunteered and been appointed by the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) to help in its work. A significant proportion of LAB’s work is handled by Assigned Solicitors, who are a key pillar of the Legal Aid Scheme.
What are the duties of an Assigned Solicitor?
Assigned Solicitors assist LAB by:
- Giving opinions on whether legal aid should be granted for particular cases
- Giving legal advice to, and acting for, legally aided persons
- Sitting in Legal Aid Board meetings with the Director of Legal Aid in order to determine whether aid should be granted for particular cases.
What qualifications are needed to apply to be an Assigned Solicitor?
You need to have a valid practicing certificate in order to apply to be an Assigned Solicitor.
If you are a lawyer who wishes to volunteer but no longer have a valid practicing certificate, you may apply to be a volunteer under the Volunteer Lawyers Scheme. You may similarly visit our e-services page and click on the link “Register as an LAB Volunteer” to sign up.
How do I sign up?
To sign up as an Assigned Solicitor, please visit our e-services page and click on the link “Register as an LAB Volunteer”.