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In accordance with s 69 of the Legal Aid Queensland Act 1997, the Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Queensland delegates some decision making to the Grants division of Legal Aid Queensland. The instrument of delegation details the officer(s) who have the appropriate authority to make various decisions.
Assessing officers will make decisions:
Assessing officers may consult:
If an assessing officer receives an application for aid from a person who may be a friend or associate either past or present and they consider that they have a conflict and/or there may be a perception of conflict they will contact a grants manager and advise of the potential for a conflict.
If a grants manager accepts that there may be potential for a conflict, the assessing officer will be instructed to refer the application to another assessing officer within the office (if appropriate), or alternatively an assessing officer in another office. a grants manager will advise the receiving office that the application is being referred to them for assessment and ongoing management. The assessing officer receiving the application will not be provided with details of the conflict.
All applications for legal aid made by an employee of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland or a relative of an employee of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland, are referred to a grants manager to determine whether the file should be made confidential. A grants manager will be responsible for the management of all confidential files.
A confidential file is one where:
A confidential file remains a confidential file until it is archived.
Once an application for aid has been assessed, in accordance with Legal Aid Queensland's means test, merits test and guidelines an application result will be sent to the applicant and if appropriate to their solicitor.
If aid is approved the applicant and their solicitor will be advised:
When a practitioner is issued a grant of aid which does not match the scope of the work that is required it is the responsibility of the practitioner to advise LAQ.