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English definition of “legal aid”

legal aid

noun [U]     LAW
money to help people pay the costs of using lawyers , courts of law , etc., especially from the government : qualify/be eligible for legal aid Only the very poorest people qualify for legal aid .apply for/claim/receive legal aid The applicant wishes to commence proceedings against her former employer , and is applying for legal aid .grant/award/give (sb) legal aid Some charities give legal aid to poor nations threatened by climate change . Almost GBP 69 million was paid out in legal aid for clinical negligence cases in the year to April . the legal aid system / scheme / program a legal aid lawyer / solicitor / practitioner legal aid work / case / fees
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