Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance to a person for representation at committal proceedings if either:
- the person has been charged with homicide (including culpable driving and attempted murder)
- there is a real issue of consent or identification in the case.
However, if the charge or charges to which committal proceedings relate could be, and usually are, heard and disposed of in the Magistrates’ Court, then VLA will make a grant of legal assistance for representation at committal proceedings only if there are compelling reasons to do so. See for a discussion of ‘compelling reasons’.
For more information and guidance on interpreting and applying this guideline see these resources:
Reviewed 04 April 2023