European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid

(ETS No. 092)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, on 27 January 1977.

Entry into force: 28 February 1977.

Summary of the treaty

The Agreement is designed to eliminate economic obstacles to proceedings and to permit persons in an economically weak position more easily to exercise their rights Parties. Accordingly, the Agreement provides that persons having their habitual residence in the territory of a Party may apply for legal aid in civil, commercial or administrative matters in the territory of another Party to the Agreement. The Agreement sets out the procedure to be followed and, in particular, makes it possible for the person concerned to submit an application through the intermediary of the State of habitual residence.