If a judge considers that it is appropriate that you are granted criminal legal aid, you will be issued a legal aid certificate. To obtain any of the legal aid certificates listed below, you must apply and show that you have insufficient means to pay for legal representation or, in the case of a child, the child or the child’s parents or guardian have insufficient means. There are penalties, including imprisonment, for providing false or misleading information in order to obtain a certificate. The court must also be satisfied that the offence, with which you are charged, is of such a serious nature, or there are exceptional circumstances, that it is essential in the interest of justice that legal aid be provided. There are a number of legal aid certificates: