A contribution is needed to help with the legal processes. The contribution varies from individual to individual depending on the individuals’ income.
The person who needs legal aid or someone who is representing the person seeking legal aid assistance can visit the Legal Aid Bureau offices. Upon visiting, they will be required to fill out a legal aid application form with assistance from the legal aid assistants. After the application form is filled, it is then submitted to the authorising officer for assessment. The assessment is to determine whether the person should be provided with legal aid and also to determine the amount of contribution and mode of payment. After approval, the authorising officer then assigns a lawyer to the case.
The applicant is supposed to bring any documentation that is helpful to your case. These can be any correspondence and contact details.
A Legal Aid Assistant will record the applicants’ statement. In the statement, they will require contact details, the other parties’ contact details, your complaint/story and the level of an applicants’ income.
After the authorising officer grants legal aid to the applicants, a lawyer is assigned to the case. This translates that a lawyer cannot be assigned to a case based on preference of the applicant.
Yes. Every individual who cannot afford a private lawyer can apply for legal aid.
Any individual can be assisted by the Bureau, as long as they cannot afford a private legal practitioner.
In case a client feels an error has been made on their assessment, they can petition the Director to reassess their issue and their contributions. When a client has additional information that they need to provide to help their case, they can speak with the assigned Legal Aid Officer to give them the additional information.
An individual can still apply for legal assistance even if they have an outstanding balance with the Legal Aid Bureau.
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