Disagree with a grants decision

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:

  • the rejection of your application
  • the conditions of your grant
  • the amount or method of paying a contribution
  • if Victoria Legal Aid decides to stop or change the grant of legal assistance.

Requesting a reconsideration

You or your lawyer must request reconsideration within 14 days from the date of the letter informing you of our decision. Your letter must include the reasons why you think we should change our decision.

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 are still unhappy with our decision, you have the right to have the decision reviewed by an independent reviewer. This is a person appointed by the Victorian Attorney-General and 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 the reconsidered decision.

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. You should get independent legal advice as this will only be granted within strict timelines and under limited circumstances.

More information

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