Applications signed by children
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) will accept an application signed by a child if the child understands the nature of the proceedings and their obligations under a grant of legal assistance and, either:
- there is a conflict of interest between the child and their parent or guardian
- it is not practical nor appropriate for the parent or guardian to complete and sign the application
- the parent or guardian is not willing to help the child.
If the Family Court requests that an independent children’s lawyer be appointed
In a family law matter, if the Family Court requests that an independent children’s lawyer be appointed to represent a child or children, then VLA does not require the child or children to apply for a grant of legal assistance.
Reviewed 21 February 2022