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Can legal aid be withdrawn?

Verified 02 November 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Legal aid that has been granted to you may be withdrawn, in whole or in part, for fraud, improper procedure, or increase of your resources.

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Fraud

If you have provided false evidence or made false statements to obtain legal aid, it may be withdrawn in full.

The withdrawal of legal aid may be requested by any person interested in the case for which it was granted. For example, the opposing party or the public prosecutor.

The legal aid office concerned shall then decide to withdraw.

You will then have to repay the sums already collected within a time limit set by the withdrawal decision.

You may also be sentenced for forgery and use of forgery..

Improper procedure

The court may withdraw the aid entirely if it considers that the legal proceedings for which you obtained it are abusive. This is the case, for example, if the court finds that your complaint has no basis and is just intended to harm another person.

Withdrawal of aid may be requested by any person interested in the case, including the opposing party or the public prosecutor.

You will then have to repay the sums already collected, within a time limit set by the withdrawal decision.

Increase your resources

The aid may be withdrawn if your resources increase significantly during the procedure for which it was granted. The same applies if the court decision in the case grants you new resources, such as compensation.

Withdrawal of aid may be requested by any person interested in the case, including the opposing party or the public prosecutor.

This withdrawal can be partial or total depending on the level of increase of your resources and ceiling exceeded..

The decision shall be taken by the Legal Aid Office.

You will then have to repay the sums already collected, within a time limit set by the withdrawal decision.