Free legal aid for disabled people

Since 2004, a law has been enacted that protects low-income citizens by providing free legal aid. Recently, citizens with a disability rate of more than 67% regardless of income were added to this category in 2023. More specifically, legal aid beneficiaries are citizens with a disability rate of sixty-seven percent (67%) and above, regardless of income, a member state of the European Union (add para.3A in the existing N.3226/2004). Legal aid shall be provided at the request of the beneficiary, giving a brief description of the subject matter of the proceedings or of the act and of the particulars attesting that the conditions for the provision of the aid have been met.


1.A copy of a tax return or a certificate from the superintendent that he is not obliged to submit a return.

2. Copy of statement of property.


4. TIN

5 certificates of social welfare services, affidavits and  evidence under par. 1 and 3A of Article 1 of residence or residence, if he is a citizen of a third state. Especially for the beneficiaries of par. 3A of Article 1,

6 attached is a certificate of disability percentage from the disability certification center (KEPA.) or by the highest sanitary commissions).

The application and supporting documents are submitted at least fifteen (15) days before the trial.


For the appointment of a lawyer, the choice is made on the basis of a statement drawn up by the relevant Bar Association. Each Association draws up a monthly statement of the service lawyers of the following month separately for criminal and separately for civil and commercial cases. At the same time, it prepares and sends a daily statement with a sufficient number of lawyers to provide legal assistance in the investigation and trial of felonies and self-related misdemeanors. It is removed from the list and no lawyer may be written in the future who has refused to undertake or abandoned the work of defence without great reason according to the judgment of the judge or of the president who directs the court. Service advocates are appointed in alphabetical order by the respective status of the Bar Association. The lawyer, notary or Bailiff has an obligation to accept and execute the order without claiming advance fees or royalties. Each lawyer can be charged with only one case.


The provision of legal aid in civil, commercial and criminal matters consists in the exemption from the obligation to pay part or all of the costs of the proceedings. The exemption includes, in particular, stamp duty, court stamp duty, record fee and their surcharges, the rights of witnesses, experts, the rights or fees of the appointed lawyer and the obligation to guarantee such costs. Legal Aid is provided separately for each trial, applies to each level of jurisdiction for each court and also relates to the enforcement of the decision.