Many of the cases in which Adalat offers help are cases where free legal aid is provided. The rules around this can be difficult to understand and we therefore provide an overview here:
There are two types of free legal aid; so-called “free legal advice” (fritt rettsråd) and “free representation” (fri sakførsel). Free legal advice (fritt rettsråd) means that you will receive counseling and complaint assistance for up to a certain number of hours. Free representation (fri sakførsel) means that you have the right to have the lawyer bring your case to court and in some other courts similar to courts, such as the County Social Welfare Board (fylkesnemda) or the supervisory commission.
Whether you are entitled to free legal aid in your case depends on the type of case involved and in some cases, how much you earn in the year and how much wealth you have. If you have a spouse or cohabitant, it will be their joint finances that determine whether you are entitled to free legal aid.