Guideline 7.3 – litigation for child litigants for special medical procedures involving them

Note: The lawyer is not required to assess eligibility under this guideline. Applications are submitted to ATLAS for assessment by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA).


VLA may make a grant of assistance for a child for representation in litigation relating to special medical procedures involving the child, where:

  1. it is appropriate for the child litigant to participate in litigation
  2. the parent, or person with parental responsibility, who would otherwise make the application is genuinely unwilling or unable to do so
  3. the following threshold test is met:

Documentary requirements

Applications for assistance under this guideline are not administered via the simplified grants process, but are assessed by us. Lawyers submitting an application in ATLAS must ensure that evidence supporting the application is uploaded to ATLAS with the application.

Fees available

For information about fees available for a grant under this guideline, see Fee table 4.1.

Notes on this guideline

For commentary and examples on the eligibility criteria, grants assessment process, documentary requirements and fees and billing relevant to this guideline, see the Notes on guideline 7.3.