Defending the right to apply for legal aid

Defending the right to apply for legal aid

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Herald Sun has today criticised our consideration for an application for funding by Sean Price.

Everyone has the right to apply for legal aid and we must process those applications we do receive.

Sometimes those applications are granted and sometimes they are not, our obligation is to assess those applications with fairness and impartiality.

Our experienced staff assess these applications every day.

While we appreciate community concern, community outrage is not a safe basis on which to make decisions.

Decisions to approve or refuse aid are made independently of government and include rights of internal and external review.

The Attorney-General is prohibited from interfering in any decision about an individual, and the views and attitudes about applicants are similarly not relevant under our system of justice.

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