Council Directive 2003/8/EC of 27 January 2003 to improve access to justice in cross-border disputes by establishing minimum common rules relating to legal aid for such disputes seeks to promote the application of legal aid in cross-border disputes for persons who lack sufficient resources where aid is necessary to secure effective access to justice.
The Directive applies between all Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark. Between Denmark and certain Member States the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid of 1977 applies.
Transmitting authorities are competent to send applications. Receiving authorities are competent to receive applications.
The directive provides for two standard forms, one for legal aid applications and one for the transmission of legal aid applications.
The ATLAS provides you with information concerning the application of the Directive and a user-friendly tool for filling in the forms.
These forms are only available on the European e-Justice Portal.
Information provided by Croatia on judicial cooperation in civil matters is available on the European e-Justice Portal.