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For legal aid to be granted for complexity in a civil law matter the following tests must be satisfied:
When seeking a grant of aid for complexity in a civil law matter the practitioner must lodge an extension of aid request through the Grants Online system along with:
In making a determination in relation to the above assessment criteria, Legal Aid Queensland may consult with external organisations such as the national office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Legal Aid Queensland may consider a long defended matter to be:
For consideration under this guideline, it is the responsibility of the legal practitioner to demonstrate to Legal Aid Queensland how the matter is complex and/or what novel legal issues are involved.
For the purpose of this guideline Legal Aid Queensland may consider a matter to be voluminous when there is an excess of 1000 pages of relevant material, such as witness statements, exhibits including audio/video tapes, transcripts etc.
The grants of aid for complexity in civil law matters are:
War caused veteran
Defence appeal (peacetime matters)
Other civil matter in the magistrates court
Other civil matter in the district court or QCAT
Other civil matter in the Supreme/Federal Court
Other civil matter in the AAT
Other civil matter in the High Court
Requests for aid to deem a civil law matter complex will be referred to a senior grants officer for consideration.
Requests to review a decision not to deem a civil law matter complex will be determined by a Grants manager. A request for a reconsideration must be made within 28 days of the date of receipt of the refusal to deem the matter complex. The decision by the Grants manager is final and conclusive. There is no appeal to the external review officer on these matters.