Legal Aid

What Is Legal Aid?

A grant of legal aid means the Legal Services Commission will pay us to act for you.

The Legal Services Commission will require you to make a contribution towards your legal costs depending on how much you can reasonably afford to pay.

The minimum is $30 however it can be more than this, depending on your finances.

Am I Entitled To Legal Aid?

Your eligibility for legal aid is determined by primarily governed by your income and assets. In most circumstances legal aid is not automatic and you are required to provide your financial details to the Legal Services Commission.

There are some cases when Legal Services Commission does not give legal aid. Generally, this is because the Legal Services Commission believes that you can afford to pay for your representation on your own or you have not met one of the other criteria set by the Legal Services Commission.

Contact our office and we will send you out a legal aid form and a stamped return envelope. If you like at that time we can also book an appointment to come in and speak with one of us about your matter.

What Can I Do If I’m Refused Legal Aid?

If legal aid is refused, you will be told why in a letter. If this does occur don’t worry because often there is a right of appeal and we can help you through this process.

Lipson Chambers can always help. If legal aid has been refused simply contact our friendly staff.

How Do I Apply For Legal Aid If I Am Receiving A CentreLink Benefit?

  1. Contact us, or fill in the inquiry form below, and we will send out a Legal Aid Form and a stamped self addressed envelope.
  2. Fill in the Legal Aid form.
  3. Go to CentreLink and ask for an “Income and Assets Statement” – they will give this to you over the counter
  4. Get your bank statements covering the last TWO MONTHS
  5. Bring your papers and $30.00 into us at 18 Market St Adelaide.  Our team will check your paperwork and give you a receipt for the money.  That will be used as your Legal Aid contribution.
  6. If you cannot get into the office, you can post everything to us and bring your $30.00 with you when you come in for your first appointment. Alternatively, you can send in a cheque or money order payable to “Lipson Chambers” when you send in your forms. Do not send cash through the mail.

How Do I Apply For Legal Aid If I Am Working?

  1. Contact us, or fill in the inquiry form below, and we will send out a Legal Aid Form and a stamped self addressed envelope.
  2. Fill in a Legal Aid form.
  3. Get your payslips for the last four weeks or a letter from your employer confirming your gross and net income
  4. Get your bank statements covering the last TWO MONTHS
  5. Bring your papers and $30.00 into us at 18 Market St Adelaide.  Our team will check your paperwork and give you a receipt for the money.  That will be used as your Legal Aid contribution.
  6. If you cannot get into the office, you can post everything to us and bring your $30.00 with you when you come in for your first appointment. Alternatively, you can send in a cheque or money order payable to “Lipson Chambers” when you send in your forms. Do not send cash through the mail.

How Do I Get A Legal Aid Form?

Simply fill in your details in the form below and hit the submit button and we will send you a Legal Aid Form with a stamped self-addressed envelope.

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First Name*:

Middle Name*:

Last Name*:

Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy)*:

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Your Email

Remember, if you need some help filling in your legal aid form, or simply have some questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to give you a hand.