Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) has announced changes that it says will increase the amount of persons who are now eligible for aid.
People previously who missed out on legal aid based on their assets and income may now be eligible for a grant of legal assistance. This is an important step towards ensuring access to justice for all.
VLA assesses both the income and the assets of a person applying for a grant of legal support and those of any financially associated person. VLA then estimates the costs of the legal services the person requires.
Depending on the estimated income, value of their assets, allowable deductions and the estimated legal costs, VLA will then decide:
- whether the person applying for a grant of legal assistance (or any financially associated person) can afford to pay the full cost of the legal services themselves
- whether VLA will make a grant of legal assistance and if VLA will require the person to pay a contribution towards their legal costs
- whether VLA will make a grant of legal assistance and not require the person to pay any contribution at all.
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