Free legal aid is a public subsidy scheme designed to provide the necessary free legal aid to people who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
Public subsidies must go to people who do not have the financial resources to be able to ask for the help of the courts in cases of major personal or welfare-related significance. See Act relating to free legal aid (lovdata.no).
The conditions for free legal aid:
Several conditions have to be fulfilled to qualify for free legal aid. In some cases, there are income and asset thresholds. The income threshold is NOK 320 000 for single people and NOK 490 000 for spouses and others living together or with joint finances.
The asset threshold is NOK 100 000. See chapter 1 of the act relating to free legal aid (lovdata.no).
Free legal aid is provided to
conscripts seeking exemption from military service according to the act of 19 March 1965 no. 3 (act relating to exemption from military service for reasons of personal conviction)
anyone subject to a compulsory order in cases on reviewing administrative compulsory intervention according to chapter 36 of the Dispute Act
the private party in cases where legal proceedings are recommended by the Civil Ombudsman to a foreign national in instances stipulated in section 42-1, 42-4(2) of the Immigration Act, or for claimants qualifying for free process according to section 27-7(2) of the Norwegian Nationality Act.
anyone subject to a committal request or applying for a committal order be rescinded according to the act relating to the declaring of a person as incapable of managing his own affairs
cases according to the Marriage Act, Land Consolidation Act part 2, see chapter 4 or chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Children Act, including cases on enforcement and temporary injunction.
cases according to the act of 4 July 1991, no. 45 on the right to shared home and home contents when cohabitation ceases
the injured party or bereaved in cases on compensation for injury or loss of breadwinner
tenants in cases according to section 9-8 of the Tenancy Act and section 13-2(3) c of the Enforcement Act when the case concerns the dwelling in which the tenant resides.
employees in cases according to sections 61-66 of the Working Environment Act
the injured party in applications or complaints in cases concerning compensation for victims of violence.
in complaint cases according to section 21-12 of the National Insurance Act.