Who can we help?
Københavns Retshjælp can assist citizens from all over Denmark. There are however certain economic requirement, that needs to be fulfilled. Here you will find information about these requirements and some frequently asked questions about who we can help.
You must fulfil certain economic requirements to receive the legal aid's help. These requirements are the same as those laid down for receiving public assistance with legal costs when bringing a case before a court. The requirements are updated on 1 January every year.
From 1 January 2013 the requirement is that the total of your personal annual income must not exceed DKK 294,000 (2011-tax assessment) if you are single.
If you are married or living with a partner, your joint income must not exceed DKK 394,000. If you are supporting one or more children under 18 years, the income threshold is raised by DKK 51,000 for each child. Where the case is between you and your partner, the income limit for a single person applies. If your income is too high for the Legal Aid to assist you, you can seek assistance with "Advokatvagten" for verbal advice. You can find the addresses and opening hours of the "Advokatvagt" nearest to you on www.advokatsamfundet.dk.
Is Copenhagen Legal Aid only for citizens of Copenhagen?
No, anybody is welcome to seek assistance in Copenhagen Legal Aid, subject to certain income limits.
I live far from the Legal Aid - Can I seek assistance by phone?
The Legal Aid can assist by phone. However, to provide the optimal assistance the Legal Aid's advisors will need access to the case files. It is therefore often better if you visit us in person.
Can I get assistance with more than one case at the time?
Yes, the Legal Aid can assist you with multiple cases at the same time. However, it is a precondition that the cases are handled by the same advisors on the same weekdays to provide you with the optimal advice and to use the Legal Aid's resources in the best way.
What if I don't speak Danish well?
The Legal Aid can assist you in English, but if you speak other languages it is a good idea to bring an interpreter. The Legal Aid's employees are, however, accustomed to clients from many parts of the world and will do their best to assist you even when there are language difficulties.
Can I demand to be assisted by the Legal Aid?
No, the Legal Aid's advisors decide whether to assist in the specific cases.