Public Legal Aid
Legal aid provides individuals with the possibility to obtain assistance for legal matters, fully or partially, at the expense of the State. In Finland, legal aid covers a variety of legal matters.
Legal aid is not usually granted if the applicant has legal expenses insurance covering the matter at hand. Legal aid is not available to companies or corporations.
In matters pending abroad, legal aid covers the costs of legal advice.
In court proceedings, legal aid is offered by public legal aid attorneys, Members of the Bar (attorneys-at-law) and other lawyers; in other matters, legal aid is provided by public legal aid attorneys, who work in State legal aid offices. The offices are normally located in the same municipalities as the District Courts.