Fact #3 – An unfavourable family report does not determine whether you get funding for a family law trial

Fact #3 – An unfavourable family report does not determine whether you get funding for a family law trial

Thursday, 13 July 2017

We are providing a series of facts about family law legal aid. FACT # 3 – An unfavourable family report does not determine whether you get funding for a family law trial.

Victoria Legal Aid applies a merits test to applications for legal aid. This means if your lawyer doesn’t think your case has legal merit, you can’t keep getting legal aid.  The family report is an important piece of evidence that helps your lawyer decide about the legal merit of your case, but it's not the be-all and end-all. Your lawyer will consider the report in light of your instructions and other evidence.

Remember, you can always ask for an independent review of a decision to refuse you aid.

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If you have an enquiry about a grant of legal assistance, you can contact Victoria Legal Aid’s Assignments team

Read our other facts about family law.