The Centre for Legal Aid

The Centre for Legal Aid (“the Centre”) is a state budgetary organisation under the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic created pursuant to Law No. 327/2005 Coll. on the Provision of Legal Aid for People in Material Need (the “Law”). The mission of the Centre is to provide comprehensive legal aid to persons who, due to lack of means, are unable to use paid legal services.

The Law lays down the conditions for providing legal aid, how individuals and state bodies should proceed when deciding on applications for the provision of legal aid and institutional representation in the process of providing legal aid.

If applicants meet the prescribed criteria for the award of legal aid, the Centre provides them with comprehensive legal aid, for example in the form of legal advice or representation before a court by a Centre lawyer or an advocate without charge to the applicant.

The conditions for providing legal aid are laid down in Sec. 6 of the Law, under which private individuals have the right to be awarded legal aid if:

- They are in material need, i.e. their income is lower than 1.4 times the amount of the minimum subsistence and they cannot pay for legal services using their other assets,

- It is not a manifestly unfounded lawsuit,

- Value of the dispute exceeds the minimum wage set by the law, with the exception of disputes where this value cannot be quantified in pecuniary terms.

Since 1 January 2012 the Constitutional Court has been obliged refer the complainants to the Centre (http://www.centrumpravnejpomoci.sk/) if they apply for legal representation and they fulfil the prerequisites to be exempted from court fees. The Constitutional Court instructs complainants about this option.

Private individuals can apply for legal assistance or preliminary consultation even before filing a complaint at the Constitutional Court.

As regards providing legal aid in proceedings before the Constitutional Court under Sec. 3 par. 1 letters a) and c) of the Law, the Centre provides legal aid, inter alia, on disputes in

- Civil law, family law, labour law, commercial law, judicial proceedings in administrative matters and in all these cases in proceedings before the Constitutional Court,

- Asylum cases, proceedings on administrative expulsion, proceedings on the apprehension of a non-EU foreign national, proceedings on the apprehension of an applicant for asylum, and in these cases also in proceedings before the Constitutional Court.

A person can send an application for the provision of legal aid to the office of the Centre according to their place of permanent residence:

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Bratislava

Námestie slobody 12

P.O. BOX 18

810 05 Bratislava 15

Tel: 02/4968 3521

Email: info.ba@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Banská Bystrica

Skuteckého 30

974 01 Banská Bystrica

Tel: 048/242 00 26

048/242 00 28

Email: info.bb@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Hlohovec

M.R. Štefánika 1

P.O.Box 115

920 01 Hlohovec

Tel: 033/242 00 71

Email: info.hc@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Humenné

Lipová 1

066 01 Humenné

Tel: 057/242 00 11

Email: info.he@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Košice

Moyzesova 18

P.O. BOX A-11

040 41 Košice

Tel: 055/242 00 20, 055/242 00 21, 055/242 00 22

Fax: 055/242 00 30

Email: info.ke@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Liptovský Mikuláš

Kollárova 2

P.O. BOX 216

031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš

Tel: 044/242 00 51

Email: info.lm@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Nitra

Štefánikova trieda 88

P.O. Box 7

94903 Nitra 3

Tel: 037/ 242 00 53, 037/ 242 00 55

Email: info.nr@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Prešov

Slovenská 40

080 01 Prešov

Tel: 051/242 00 91, 051/242 00 92

Email: info.po@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Rimavská Sobota

Čerenčianska 20

979 01 Rimavská Sobota

Tel: 047/242 00 63

Email: info.rs@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Svidník

Sov. Hrdinov 102

089 01 Svidník

Tel.: 054/242 00 81

Email: info.sk@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Trenčín

Hviezdoslavova 3

P.O.Box 504

91101 Trenčín

Tel: 032/242 00 24

Email: info.tn@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Tvrdošín

Školská 165/2

027 44 Tvrdošín

Tel: 043/242 00 41

Email: info.ts@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Žilina

Národná 34,P.O. BOX B10

011 00 Žilina

Tel: 041/242 00 31

Email: info.za@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

Centre for Legal Aid - Office Žiar n/Hronom

SNP 613/124

965 01 Žiar nad Hronom

Tel: 045/242 00 21

Email: info.zh@centrumpravnejpomoci.sk

 

For more information see the website www.centrumpravnejpomoci.sk available also in the English language.
Create Date: 7. 10. 2015
Last Modified: 10. 4. 2019