Hello - I'm looking for a bit of advice please
I recently (stupidly) got involved in an assault trying to protect my daughter and have been taken to court. The Legal Aid Agency said that I'd have to contribute £949 for 6 months to defend the case. I only earn £1500 and my wife £600 and we have untold debts that leave us with a negative bank balance each month.
In the meantime, the solicitor said that if we paid him directly (£2400), then we could cancel the Legal Aid. The first instalment of £949 was due by 27th December 2016. The LA advised to make a token payment to Rossendales whilst they were reviewing the hardship appeal. They have now come back to us reducing the £949 to £678 per month for 6 months. This is beyond anything that we can afford - our rent alone is £900 per month.
Will they take us to court to get that amount each month?
Do you think I could set up a payment plan with them?
Also, now it's gone past the first instalment date, do you think it's too late to cancel Legal Aid request and pay the solicitor directly? I'm thinking of asking a family member for a loan.
I just don't want it to get to the point where bailiffs are on my doorstep.
Thanks for any help you can give.