The Commonwealth Government funds Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) to provide grants of legal assistance under the family violence and cross-examination of parties scheme (the scheme). Funding for the scheme is separate to the general Legal Aid Fund.
VLA may provide a grant of legal assistance to a party in a family law matter pursuant to the scheme where:
- the party applying for a grant of legal assistance is unrepresented, and
- an order by a federal family law court has been made pursuant to section 102NA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), and
- the party applies to the scheme.
Costs payable in these grants of legal assistance may be limited to:
- trial preparation
- trial days for all days listed
- conferences with the client up to three hours
- VLA Family Dispute Resolution Services up to one conference
- interim contest preparation and appearance where personal cross-examination may occur.
Applicants applying under this guideline should provide us with:
- completed Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Scheme application form
- copy of the order made by the court prohibiting personal cross-examination
- copies of any other court orders or directions relating to the family law matter.
Reviewed 20 April 2023