Local Criminal Legal Aid Advice
We hold criminal legal aid contracts that allow us to continue representing our existing and new clients under the legal aid scheme from our offices in Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Ilkeston and Newark.
Our Newark and Ilkeston Offices
We hope that our offices in Newark and Ilkeston demonstrate our commitment to providing advice and representation to local communities who in other ways have been let down by the justice system.
For example, when the Ilkeston office was first opened by Varley Hadley Siddall solicitors, the town had the benefit of both a court and a police station. Now, anybody arrested for offences in Ilkeston will be taken to St Mary’s Wharf police station 10 miles away. Upon release, more often than not, they will have to make their own way home. Following the closure of the Ilkeston Magistrates’ Court the court work is again dealt with in Derby.
Newark no longer has a police station where suspects can be interviewed and the Magistrates’ Court closed several years ago. Those appearing in court now have to travel over 20 miles to Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, while those arrested are taken to Mansfield police station, a similar distance.
Local Offices Serving Local Communities
VHS Fletchers has made the decision that we will be able to provide criminal advice and representation in the police station, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts while being based in the heart of the communities that we serve.
We will hopefully contribute to reducing the stress and anxiety that investigations and proceedings can bring by making it easy and affordable for our clients to visit their legal representatives in a local office.
This approach should also allow for our clients to receive continuity in terms of the advisers and solicitors they meet, which we know clients value.
Contact Us to Discuss Criminal Legal Aid
If you face police investigation then advice and assistance at the police station will always be free under criminal legal aid. Magistrates’ criminal legal aid is both means and merits tested, and means tested for the Crown Court.
We can give you further advice at your local office.
Alternatively you can use the contact form below.