Thursday, June 10, 2010
Green Form blues
When I posted last month about the old Application for Legal Aid Certificate (Matrimonial), a couple of commenters mentioned the old Green Form, used to give 'Legal Advice and Assistance'. Well, I also found a few of those amongst my old papers, left over from when they were replaced by 'Legal Help' forms, back in the mists of time. I actually liked the Green Form - it comprised just one sheet of A4 and was, unsurprisingly, green (which made it easy to find in the file). You only had to fill in the front at the first interview, a task that took but a minute, and even the claim for payment on the reverse was quite simple to complete. Of course, those in charge of legal aid decided that all of this was too easy, and the good old Green Form had to go. I am informed that the current Legal Help form comprises no fewer than seven pages, thus ensuring that maximum time is spent on form-filling, rather than actually helping the client.