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Repaying Legal Aid
Depending on your own financial circumstances and the nature and outcome of your case, you may find that you will be required to pay back some or all of the aid granted to you. This is often in the form of a “statutory charge”, which you may face if you were awarded money or property as a result of your successful case.
In rare cases, those who are found guilty in criminal cases may be made to repay their legal aid – however, this can only happen if you have been found guilty at a crown court, and you have in excess of £30,000 in capital.
If you do have to repay your legal aid, you may do so as a lump sum or in monthly instalments – however, you cannot choose your method of repayment, as this decision will be made by Legal Services Commission, who will assess your financial situation and any savings you have.
If your case resulted in you gaining a property which you plan to make your home, payment of the statutory charge can be delayed until you eventually sell the property. Note that a statutory charge registered to a property will most likely accrue interest, at a rate of 8%.