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Private practitioners applying for Legal Aid

If you would like to apply for a grant of legal aid on behalf of a client you will need to provide the following documents.

 

Criminal matters

  • Completed legal aid application signed by your client
  • Brief cover letter outlining request for grant of aid and advising of any future court date(s)
  • Supporting financial documents:
    • 3 months of bank statements for all accounts held in your client’s name
    • 3 most recent pay slips (if applicable)
    • partner’s financial documents or a signed Consent to contact financially associated person form if in custody (if applicable)
  • Any relevant court documents (ie. DVO, charges, etc).

Family matters

  • Completed legal aid application signed by your client
  • Letter of merit
  • Financial documents:
    • 3 months of bank statements for all accounts held in your client’s name
    • 3 most recent pay slips (if applicable)
    • partner’s financial documents or a signed Consent to contact financially associated person form if in custody (if applicable)
  • Any relevant court documents (ie DVO, previous Orders)
  • Completed Client Assessment Sheet
  • Completed Property Preparation Form (if applicable)

CINOP (Child in need of protection)

  • Completed legal aid application signed by your client
  • Letter of merit
  • Financial information
    1. Clients receiving Centrelink
      Clients receiving Centrelink do not need to provide financials on applying for a legal aid instead they must provide their Customer Reference Number (CRN).
    2. Clients not receiving Centrelink
      Clients must provide financials including bank statements at least 1 month prior to hearing or earlier if requested by the legal aid grants team. If they are not able to provide bank statements they must provide a statutory declaration discussing their current financial situation.
  • Any relevant court documents (ie. DVO, previous orders, etc.)

Civil matters

  • Completed legal aid application signed by your client
  • Letter of merit
  • Financial documents
    1. 3 months of bank statements for all accounts held in your client’s name
    2. 3 most recent pay slips (if applicable)
    3. Centrelink income statement (if applicable)
    4. Partner’s financials (if applicable)
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