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Legal aid guidelines


The guidelines are the rules for determining the granting of legal aid.

Our guidelines for granting legal aid have been consolidated and re-organised into a number of parts, to reflect the steps involved in the grants process.

After establishing that Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania is the appropriate Commission to apply to, the means test determines financial eligibility for aid.

Next, eligibility is assessed based on matter type in accordance with Commonwealth and State Government guidelines, which may also require an assessment of the merits of the case.

The balance of the guidelines cover administration of the grant and payment of fees to lawyers.

Last updated: 14/11/2018