LEGAL AID AGENCY
This privacy notice sets out the standards that you can expect from the Legal Aid Agency when we request
or hold personal information (‘personal data’) about you; how you can get access to a copy of your
personal data; and what you can do if you think the standards are not being met.
The Legal Aid Agency is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The MoJ is the data controller
for the personal information we hold. The Legal Aid Agency collects and processes personal data for the
exercise of its own and associated public functions. Our public function is to provide legal aid.
About personal information
Personal data is information about you as an individual. It can be your name, address or telephone
number. It can also include the information that you have provided in this form such as your financial
circumstances and information relating to any current or previous legal proceedings concerning you.
We know how important it is to protect customers’ privacy and to comply with data protection laws. We
will safeguard your personal data and will only disclose it where it is lawful to do so, or with your consent.
Types of personal data we process
We only process personal data that is relevant for the services we are providing to you. The personal data
which you have provided on this form will
only be used for the purposes set out below.
Purpose of processing and the lawful basis for the process
The purpose of the Legal Aid Agency collecting and processing the personal data which you have
provided on this form is for the purposes of providing legal aid. Specifically, we will use this personal data
in the following ways:
whether you are eligible for legal aid, whether you are required to make a contribution
towards the costs of this legal aid and to assist the Legal Aid Agency in collecting those
contributions, if appropriate.
In assessing claims from your legal representative(s) for payment from the legal aid fund for the work
that they have conducted on your behalf;
In conducting periodic assurance audits on legal aid files to ensure that decisions have been made
correctly and accurately;
In producing statistics and information on our processes to enable us to improve our processes and
to assist us in carrying out our functions.
Were the Legal Aid Agency unable to collect this personal information, we would not be able to conduct
the activities above, which would prevent us from providing legal aid.
The lawful basis for the Legal Aid Agency collecting and processing your personal data is in the
administration of justice and the result of the powers contained in Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment
of Offenders Act 2012.
We also collect ‘special categories of personal data’ for the purposes of monitoring equality, this is a legal
requirement for public authorities under the Equality Act 2010. Special categories of personal data
obtained for equality monitoring will be treated with the strictest confidence and any information
published will not identify you or anyone else associated with your legal aid application.