Hot Off the Press: If You Can’t Get Legal Aid for Your Criminal Trial

If You Can’t Get Legal Aid for Your Criminal Trial

We’ve revised and reprinted If You Can’t Get Legal Aid for Your Criminal Trial. This booklet is for people facing serious and complex criminal charges who’ve been denied legal aid and can’t afford a lawyer.

It explains why, how, and when to make a Rowbotham application – to ask the judge to stay your charges until the government provides funding for a lawyer. It also explains:

  • what you have to prove,
  • how to prepare for court, and
  • what happens in court.

The revisions we’ve made to the booklet include:

  • Clarifying terminology
  • Restructuring the information to present the application process more logically and in clearly defined steps
  • Adding visuals to improve readability

The booklet includes a checklist of points to cover in court and copies of the necessary court forms, with instructions on how to complete them.

Note that the French version of this publication does not include the recent changes that are in the English version.