Legal Aid forms

All the legal aid forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website; they change fairly regularly so check there for updates.[1]


At the time of writing, the most recent forms are optional from 4/8/14 and mandatory from 1/9/14 (further details of transitional provisions are on the MOJ website).[2] New versions have been published for: CIVAPP1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 8A; ADMIN1; MEANS1, 2 (+ guides), MEANS3; CIVCLAIM1, 1A, 5 & 5A; CW1&2, 3, 4, & CWC(MH); ECLAIM1(CIV), (MH) & (IMM). From 4/8/14 only these forms can be signed. Old forms signed before then should be submitted before 31/8/13 to avoid rejection.

Where to send

At the time of writing, the most recent guidance on where to send forms is dated February 2014.[3]


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Controlled work forms

The main ones are:

  • "Controlled Work 1 & 2 Mental Health"
  • "Controlled Work Counsel - Mental Health" (an application for Prior Authority to incur enhanced rates for counsel)
  • "EC Claim 1: Exceptional Cases"

Certificate work forms

These are required for judicial reviews and some other matters. The non-family application forms are:

  • "CLS APP 1 Application for CLS Funding Certificate: Legal Representation"
  • "CLS APP 6 Emergency application via fax"
  • "CLS APP 8 Application for amendment or prior authority in civil cases"
  • "CLS APP 11 Application for discharge"

Means forms

These are required in conjunction with the certificate application forms. The main ones are:

  • "CLS MEANS 2: Means assessment form for people who receive Income Support" - for clients on IS, income-based JSA, income-based Employment and Support Allowance or Guarantee Credit.
  • "CLS MEANS 1: Financial assessment form" - for clients who can't fill in MEANS2. There are some associated forms (e.g. CLS MEANS 1A, 1B, 1C, L17) which may be relevant, depending on employment circumstances.

See also

External links

  1. Ministry of Justice website: Civil Forms
  2. MOJ website: Updates to civil legal aid forms (accessed 1/8/14)
  3. Legal Aid Agency, 'Where to send civil work from 17/2/14' (February 2014)