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About Legal Aid

What is Legal Aid?

Legal aid is a program available to help people with serious legal problems who are in financial need and cannot afford private counsel.

Legal aid is funded by the Federal and Provincial governments and by the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Is Legal Aid Free?

In many cases legal aid may be provided without charge, but not always. In some cases you may be required to pay some or all of the cost of the legal aid coverage you receive.

In determining whether someone can afford to cover part of the cost, and if so what portion of the cost they will be asked to pay, the Legal Aid Commission will take a detailed look at your financial position.

Our Vision

A province where all people, regardless of means, capacity or social situation, have access to the knowledge and services they require to protect their basic legal rights and quality of life through collaborative, holistic and long-term solutions to their legal issues.

Our Values

The core values of the Legal Aid Commission provide a framework for those providing services under the Act.  These values include:


Each person accepts responsibility for their actions, follows through on requests and commitments, and keeps clients, co-workers and stakeholders informed of significant issues that affect them.


 Each person seeks opportunities to find innovative and cost effective ways to deliver services and enhance access to justice by working with clients, co-workers, community partners and stakeholders.


Each person demonstrates empathy and compassion when interacting with others by being accepting, considerate, attentive and encouraging.


Each person deals fairly, respectfully and equitability with clients, co-workers and stakeholders and provides opportunities for others to express their opinions in an open and supportive environment.


 Each person shares information and demonstrates openness through collaboration, consultation, partnership and teamwork with clients, co-workers and stakeholders, while respecting confidentiality requirements.