Income Limit

As a rule of thumb, free legal aid is not gived to those need-tested cases where a single applicant at the time of the application has a taxable gross monthly income (the sum of all taxable income and outside employment, before deduction) is over 20,500 kroner, i.e more that 246,000 kroner annually, or a taxable wealth of more than 100,000 kroner. As a rule, there is a exemption for capital exceeded in terms of homeownership of normal value.

If the applicant is married, or livving with other with a shared finances, the gross income limit for the total household is 369,000 kroner – the equivalent of 30,750 kroner per month. The wealth limit is not equivalently increased, so that the total wealth must not exceed 100,000 kroner.

For conscripts in compulsory military service and civilian mandatory services there are exeptions made for those economic conditions, i.e. that free legal aid is given regardless of income and wealth in all prioritised cases.

The county officials may in some special cases grant exeptions from the economic boundaries. In practice, these exeptions are very rare if the income exceeds more that 15,000 – 20,000 kroner.

The autorization of free legal aid may possibly be revoked if (as of) the applicant’s financial position has improved significally before the legal aid case is closed. However, that a person who is unemployed get a job is not considered sufficient reason for revoking.

There is otherwise pursuant to the Legal Aid Act that the public can demand reimbursement of the actual expenses of the free legal aid, who has improved his or hers financial position significally through free legal aid. For example, if there are substantial additional compentsation in a dismissal case after the Working Environment Act.