Apply for Legal Aid South Australia

The Commission provides legal aid when individuals need specific legal advice and do not have the means to afford private legal representation. People applying for legal aid must apply for legal aid based on their circumstances, including how much they earn and what they own. Pro bono work has tangible benefits for law firms, including increased employee satisfaction and morale, support for employee retention. Pro Bono Legal Work offers employees a variety of legal work and the satisfaction that comes from using their legal expertise to support the community. Legal aid in Australia is the legal aid provided by the government. Each State and territory has its own Legal Aid Commission, which is responsible for the administration of legal aid. There are legal advice offices in cities, suburbs and municipalities across Australia. (d) Your lawyer must inform us of any changes in your situation that may affect your legal aid. The South Australian Law Society Litigation Assistance Fund assists in civil cases where clients are unable to bear legal costs. The Fund supports applicants from the investigation phase to the call. You can apply for legal aid directly from us or, if you wish to be represented by a specific private lawyer, through that person`s office. If possible, we will grant this request. If you don`t have a specific lawyer in mind, we`ll arrange someone.

You must also provide copies of the relevant orders, proceedings, subpoenas, bail agreements, etc. related to the legal aid application that support our assessment. If you do not agree with our decision on your application or with a legal aid condition, you can appeal. To appeal, write to us within fourteen (14) days of our letter and let us know why you think the decision is wrong. You don`t need the help of a lawyer to appeal. You can appeal yourself by simply writing a letter to us. Of course, you can pay a lawyer to appeal for you if you wish. We will write to you and inform you of the outcome of your objection. Legal aid application forms are available in all our offices, municipal legal centres and most law firms. (c) If you receive legal aid even if you were not entitled to it, we will ask you to refund the full amount.

If you provide us with false, incomplete or misleading information, you may also be sued. Once you have accepted legal aid, the terms of legal aid will apply to you, whether you agree with them or understand them. If you do not understand the terms of legal aid or need more information about legal aid, you can: If legal aid is granted, legal aid will arrange for one of its in-house lawyers or a private lawyer to represent the person. If legal aid has a “conflict of laws” (for example, if it cannot represent you because it already represents the other party in your case), it can often grant legal aid to a private lawyer to help you. (c) Your lawyer is required to provide us with all the information we need about your case if we request it. If your lawyer thinks you are unlikely to win the case, they will have to let us know and legal aid can be stopped. To access the Commission`s online application form, please confirm our Privacy Policy on Legal Aid and Important Information by clicking the Accept or Reject button at the bottom of this page. Several organizations offer or organize free legal assistance. If a question goes beyond minor counselling and support, it may incur costs, or you may need to meet the eligibility criteria (usually a resource test) to avoid or reduce these costs. We will process your request as soon as we have received the completed form and proof.

It takes about 7-14 days. You can call us after this time if you haven`t heard it yet. We will inform you in writing whether you will be eligible for legal aid. The letter will tell you who your lawyer is and ask you to contact them. He will also tell you about your message. If you are denied legal aid, the letter will tell you why and how to appeal. We will keep your legal aid questions confidential, except in the following circumstances: LEGAL AID IS NOT FREEThere are several ways you are asked to pay money for your legal aid: (e) You must tell us and your lawyer if you do not want legal aid. By accepting legal aid, you agree to these conditions. Ask your lawyer if you`re not sure. If legal aid is granted, you must contribute to your legal costs. All successful applicants must make a contribution to their legal aid. The minimum contribution for assistance is $70 for family law matters and $50 for all other matters, but it may be higher, depending on your finances.

The High Court has held that even a person charged with a very serious crime does not have an absolute right to be represented by a lawyer, although in certain specifically defined circumstances the person may be entitled to permanent residence in proceedings as long as he or she is not legally represented [see R v Dietrich 1992 CLR 147]. If no action has been taken to obtain support and the court refuses to adjourn, a defendant may need to conduct his or her own defence without a lawyer. In South Australia, the Criminal Law (Legal Representation) Act 2001 (SA) requires the Legal Services Commission to represent a person charged with a serious crime, whether or not he or she is normally entitled to legal assistance under the Commission des services juridiques (SA) Act 1977. If you accept legal aid, you agree to the terms of this document. If you don`t want legal aid under these conditions, let us know now. A free 24-hour service is also available and covers more than 60 common areas of law. (e) Your lawyer cannot charge a fee for work done while you are receiving legal aid. Your lawyer will charge us for this work. The Attorney General`s Division provides legal and judicial services to the Government and community of South Australia in accordance with the Legal Aid Strategy 2022-2025. Legal Aid offers a range of free legal services available to all members of the community. This includes legal information and referral services and, in some cases, minor assistance (e.g. telephone advice).

In many cases, legal aid also provides services provided by attorneys in some courts. If you need services that go beyond just legal advice, you will need to apply for legal aid. Granting legal aid means that we pay a lawyer to act on your behalf. However, we require you to contribute to your legal fees, based on the amount you can reasonably afford.