Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

If the legal matter is outside the Commonwealth or State guidelines, but the person or their lawyer (if any) considers that either the person applying or the matter falls into any of either the Commonwealth’s special circumstances or the State’s special circumstances (whichever may be relevant), then the person or their lawyer should attach to the person’s application form:

  • a memorandum or letter detailing the nature and extent of the special circumstances
  • the effect of the special circumstances on the ability of the person seeking assistance to adequately represent themselves
  • any additional information that supports the argument that special circumstances apply.

Reviewed 21 February 2022

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