A provincially funded service for those who need assistance from a lawyer; available for those with low income and negligible assets. The service is free or contributory in nature, when financial eligibility is determined. Eligible accused get a Legal Aid Certificate from Legal Aid to take to a lawyer. If the lawyer accepts the certificate he is then paid directly by Legal Aid.
A program that assists those who require a lawyer but cannot afford one. In some provinces, legal aid may only be available for more serious criminal offences.