The NT Legal Aid Commission provides legal services under a set of Guidelines. The Guidelines detail what types of Northern Territory or Commonwealth matters the Commission funds, conditions of assistance, dealings with private practitioners, payments, complaints and disputes, as well as information on other services it provides.
Chapter 1 – Principles for Granting Legal Aid
Chapter about legal services provided.
Chapter 2 – Priorities for the Provision of Legal Assistance
Chapter about general priorities, Commonwealth priorities, family, criminal and civil law
Chapter 3 – How to Apply for Legal Assistance
Chapter about applications, allocation of lawyer, reconsiderations & reviews, urgent grants, late applications, terminations, interstate applicants and proceedings.
Chapter 4 – Commonwealth Law Guidelines
Chapter about Commonwealth matters, determinations of assistance, family law, criminal law, civil law, public interest and test cases.
Chapter 5 – Northern Territory Law Guidelines
Chapter about Northern Territory matters, criminal law, civil law, Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF)
Chapter about who qualifies, income tests, assets tests, discretionary matters, costs of proceedings, children, benchmarks and amounts.
Chapter about compulsory contributions, variations, retrospective and final contributions, charges, non-payment, practitioner obligations, contribution tables.
Chapter 8 – Costs Awarded against a Legal Aided Person
Chapter 9 – Classes of Cases Determined by a Legal Aid Committee
Chapter 10 – Allocation of Lawyer
Chapter about allocation of lawyers and transfers.
Chapter 11 – Conditions of Referral to Private Legal Practitioners
Chapter about conditions, Section 30 Statements, Authorities and payment of costs
Chapter 12 – Domestic Violence Guidelines
Chapter about service provided, principles, priorities, role of Police, matters covered, duty lawyer, ongoing representation, refusals.
Chapter about duty lawyer service, prioritisation, conflict of interest, obligations, interpreters, Duty Lawyer Scheme Users Meetings.