Legal aid and legal aid

An application for legal aid can be submitted by anyone who, according to their personal and economic circumstances, can afford the costs of litigation not only in part or only in installments.

The conduct of legal proceedings is subject to a fee. Anyone who is unable to raise the necessary financial resources for personal and economic reasons has the opportunity to apply for legal aid. Where appropriate, the court shall appoint a lawyer of his or her choice to the applicant party.


  • the applicant cannot raise the funds necessary for litigation or proceedings in accordance with his or her economic and personal circumstances,
  • the intended legal defence or prosecution has a reasonable prospect of success and
  • the intended legal defence or prosecution is not wilful.

Application forms for applying for legal aid can be obtained from the court responsible for the respective proceedings.


Further information on legal aid can be found on the websites of the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)

  • Procedural aid
  • Information on courts and judicial authorities

ยงยง 114 et seq. of the Code of Civil Procedure

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