According to the Advice Assistance Act, citizens with low incomes are granted state aid for out-of-court advice and, if necessary, representation by a lawyer if they cannot raise the necessary funds themselves and exercising the rights is not willful.
Your local district court will decide on the oral or written application, whereby you must make your personal and economic circumstances credible, i.e. prove them. If your application is granted, the district court will issue you with a certificate of entitlement, which you can use to contact us. According to the Advice Assistance Act, you only have to pay EUR 15 for the advice and, if necessary, extrajudicial representation by us, the remaining costs are covered by the state treasury.
Advisory assistance is provided in the field
- of civil law, including matters for which labor courts have jurisdiction
- of administrative law
- of constitutional law
- of social law
In the field of criminal law and the law on administrative offenses, only advice, but not representation, is covered by the advisory assistance. There, under certain circumstances, there is a right to the appointment of a public defender in court proceedings, which you can commission yourself.