The purpose of the Legal Assistance Scheme is to provide financial assistance for legal advice and/or legal representation in cases where the matter giving rise to the advice or representation arose out of the member’s duties as a police officer or where action is taken or proposed under the Police Service Act 2003.
Factors taken into consideration include whether the member’s behaviour is consistent with ethical policing practices and/or done in good faith; and/or the assistance is in the interests of the general membership. A Legal Committee made up of Executive Members considers all applications. If the application is unsuccessful an appeal can be made to the full Executive.
Members should contact the Association prior to incurring legal expenses if those expenses are to be the subject of a subsequent claim to the Association. Retrospective funding will only be considered where the member can demonstrate that they could not reasonably make a legal assistance application prior to incurring legal costs. Ignorance of the PAT’s Legal Assistance Scheme and its Rules will not suffice.