If you disagree with a grants decision

If you disagree with a grants decision

If you disagree with our decision about your application for a grant of legal assistance you can ask us to reconsider that decision.

Things you can ask us to reconsider include:

Things you can ask us to reconsider include:

  • the refusal of your application
  • the conditions of your grant, for example –
    • if Victoria Legal Aid has decided to stop or change your grant of legal assistance.
    • the amount of the contribution imposed
  • the requirement to sign a charge

Requesting a reconsideration

You or your lawyer must request reconsideration within 14 days from the date of the letter informing you of our original decision. It is helpful to let us know why you think we should change our decision and to provide us with any extra information that you would like us to consider. We will then send you a letter to let you know if we are changing our decision or if it remains the same. If we do not change the decision, the letter will include information about your review rights.

Independent review

If you disagree with our reconsidered decision, you have the right to request that the decision be reviewed by an independent reviewer. This is a person appointed by the Victorian Attorney-General who is not an employee of Victoria Legal Aid.

You must write to us to ask for an independent review within 21 days from the date of the letter informing you of our reconsidered decision.  It is helpful to let us know why you think the independent reviewer should change our decision and to provide us with any extra information that you would like the independent reviewer to consider.  

The reviewer will look at your application, your letter, other information in your file and our policies and guidelines. The independent reviewer’s decision is the final decision within Victoria Legal Aid.

Going to court

You may have the right to go to court to request a further review. We recommend you get independent legal advice about this as a court review will only be granted within strict timelines and under limited circumstances.

More information

Call our Assignments team on (03) 9269 0600 to find out about getting a decision reconsidered or reviewed.  

For more detailed information about reconsideration and review of decisions see the VLA handbook for lawyers.