Fact #6 – All lawyers providing legal aid services apply the same eligibility criteria

Fact #6 – All lawyers providing legal aid services apply the same eligibility criteria

Thursday, 13 July 2017

We are providing a series of facts about family law legal aid. Fact #6 – All lawyers providing legal aid services apply the same eligibility criteria.

The family law guidelines and the notes that explain how to interpret the guidelines are clearly set out and publicly available online.  We are committed to transparency in our eligibility criteria and assessment processes.

All lawyers providing legal aid services -  VLA staff lawyers, private lawyers and community legal centre lawyers - must comply with the guidelines. No one can bend the rules. There are compliance checks to make sure they comply. 

No matter who your lawyer is, you can also apply for legal aid for matters that fall outside the guidelines:

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You can find out more about who is eligible for legal aid