Legal Aid Tribunal
The Legal Aid Tribunal reviews decisions the Legal Services Commissioner makes about grants for legal aid. A review is where the Tribunal decides if the Commissioner has made a decision that is manifestly unreasonable, wrong in law, or both. You cannot apply for a review if you just disagree with the decision.
You can ask for a review of decisions about:
- applications for legal aid, including declining an application
- the maximum level of legal aid granted
- the amount that is to be repaid by someone granted legal aid
- the conditions placed on a grant
- stopping, or changing a grant
- a charge, or security, placed on property owned by someone granted legal aid
- enforcement of any condition on a grant
- payment of costs awarded to an opponent in a civil case.
Before applying to the Tribunal you must first ask the Commissioner to reconsider his or her original decision. The exception is if you are seeking costs from a legally aided person you do not need to ask the Commissioner to reconsider his or her original decision.
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