Legal Aid

 

CRIMINAL LAW  SERVICES

Cost of Services


Police Station

From the Police Station When Detained:
Legal Aid offers a free 24 hour telephone service for persons in police custody.

From Court

Duty Counsel:
There is no cost to access Duty Counsel Services.
 

Specialized Duty Counsel
Specialized Duty Counsel:

There is no cost to access Specialized Duty Counsel Services.
At Trial

Criminal Trial Services:
Financial eligibility and client contribution amounts are determined on our Income Grid. Click here for a printable version.
 

Eligibility and contribution based on gross monthly income
(after allowable deductions are subtracted) 

  TIER 1 TIER 2 TIER 3 TIER 4
Household Size No Contribution $150 Contribution $250 Contribution Not Financially Eligible
1 0 - $1,200 $1,201 - $1,900 $1,901 - $2,600 $2,601+
2 0 - $1,800 $1,801 - $2,800 $2,801 - $3,800 $3,801+
3 0 - $1,900 $1,901 - $2,900 $2,901 - $3,900 $3,901+
4 0 - $2,000 $2,001 - $3,100 $3,101 - $4,200 $4,201+
5 0 - $2,100 $2,101 - $3,300 $3,301 - $4,500 $4,501+
6+ 0 - $2,300 $2,301 - $3,500 $3,501 - $4,700 $4,701+

 

Eligibility and contribution based on gross annual income
(affter allowable deductions are subtracted)
 

  TIER 1 TIER 2 TIER 3 TIER 4
Household Size No Contribution $150 Contribution $250 Contribution Not Financially Eligible
1 0 - $14,400 $14,401 - $22,800 $22,801 - $31,200 $31,201+
2 0 - $21,600 $21,601 - $33,600 $33,601 - $45,600 $45,601+
3 0 - $22,800 $22,801 - $34,800 $34,801 - $46,800 $46,801+
4 0 - $24,000 $24,001 - $37,200 $37,201 - $50,400 $50,401+
5 0 - $25,200 $25,201 - $39,600 $39,601 - $54,000 $54,001+
6+ 0 - $27,600 $27,601 - $42,000 $42,001 - $56,400 $56,401+

 
Assuming the service(s) identified on your application fall within the NBLASC scope of service; if your household income falls in:

  • Tier 1: You are financially eligible for legal aid and will be issued a certificate. You are not required to make an initial client contribution.
  • Tier 2: You are financially eligible for legal aid and will be issued a certificate upon receipt of your one-time $150 client contribution. 
  • Tier 3: You are financially eligible for legal aid and will be issued a certificate upon receipt of your one-time $250 client contribution. 
  • Tier 4: You are not financially eligible for legal aid and will not be issued a certificate.  

Client contributions must be paid in full by certified cheque or money order before a certificate will be issued.

Appeal processes are in place to address extenuating circumstances.

If you are unable to pay the one-time client contribution and you are a registered owner of real property, you may choose to sign a lien and defer payment.

What is a lien?

   

A lien is a legal claim against an asset (real property) used to ensure payment is received. The lien must be paid before you can sell your property or refinance your mortgage.

If you choose to defer payment you will be responsible to reimburse legal aid for the full cost of legal fees and disbursements paid on your certificate, as well as the applicable Service New Brunswick lien registration and discharge fees.

We will not send you an invoice when your file is closed; however you may request a lien payout amount at any time after your file is closed.