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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. 

Legal aid listed provider transition applications

From 1 August 2011, if you were a provider, or former listed provider, with the Legal Services Agency and want a review of a decision about the amount you were paid under the Legal Services Act 2000, you can apply to the Legal Aid Tribunal.

The Legal Aid Tribunal commenced on 1 July 2011. It replaces the Legal Aid Review Panel (LARP). LARP will continue to sit until 31 July 2011 to determine and complete the applications that were lodged with it before 1 July 2011. Any applications that have not been determined by 31 July 2011 will be transferred to the Legal Aid Tribunal and will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Legal Services Act 2000, despite its repeal.

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