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Law Aid

Law Aid is designed to improve access to justice in Victoria for members of the public who are unable to afford the cost of civil litigation.

Law Aid is available only for civil litigation. The types of civil litigation, which will be funded, include:
  • A substantial personal injury claim
  • Claims against institutions involving oppressive behaviour
  • Loss or destruction of property claims
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Wills and estate claims

It is not available for criminal matters or family law matters.

Law Aid will provide money to the applicant's solicitor to pay disbursements, which include:
  • Expert's fees (including medical practitioners) 
  • Travelling and accommodation expenses 
  • Filing fees 
  • Jury fees 
  • Witness expenses

The scheme must be self-funding. The applicant's means and the legal merits of their case will be considered before assistance is granted.

The applicant will agree to:
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $100.00
  • Repay all monies spent on disbursement if the case is successful
  • Pay a fee being a percentage of the verdict or settlement. While the Trustees are entitled to charge 10%, the fee sought in the vast majority of cases is 5%
The solicitor and barrister will agree to:
  • Not seek payment for legal services until the successful completion of proceedings. 
  • Waive all professional costs incurred when the client is unsuccessful in legal proceedings.

The applicant, the solicitor and Law Aid are all required to sign an agreement setting out the agreed terms.

If you are interested in learning more about Law Aid, consult your solicitor. They will be able to provide you with further details and help you make an application.

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