Legal aid

Already in 1902, a parliamentary committee was set up that a designated lawyer "without special remuneration" should be obliged to "advise necessitous individuals referred to him in relation to what they wish to do for the purpose of the trial for which he is admitted, in particular, to draft and file conciliation and application for free process". After several negotiations and amendments, the proposal was lifted into law in 1906.

With the enactment of the Administration of Justice Act in 1917, the conditions for necessitous individuals were significantly improved. Thus, the law introduced a chapter on free legal aid. Even though the regarded cases were narrowly limited, the change caused the legal aid function to also enter the courtrooms. In the following years, the areas of jurisdiction that could fall under the Free Procedural Rules were still expanded. Today the conditions for free trial are:

  1. Reasonable reason for conducting proceedings
  2. Can not pay the costs acquired without incurring substantial deprivation

Over the years, it has been found that there has been a constant need for legal aid schemes. This even though there are many possibilities for free process.

Even though lawyers are no longer required to provide free legal aid, lawyer Ole Erlich-Eriksen, as well as lawyer Kirsten Bordinggaard, wish to maintain this spirit and are therefore affiliated with established legal aid schemes.

Both lawyers are thus affiliated as advisors and members of the executive committee in the Copenhagen Lawyers' Legal Aid.

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