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START OF Grants Handbook
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Legal aid Queensland may approve a reading fee for counsel in civil law matters provided the following tests are satisfied:
Reading fees for counsel are negotiated on a case by case basis. Legal Aid Queensland must be satisfied that the estimate of time required to prepare is reasonable and, if necessary, may independently examine the brief to counsel or require counsel to certify the estimate or preparation time. The reading fee must be agreed upon by Legal Aid Queensland either before the brief is delivered or immediately following delivery of the brief after counsel has had a chance to assess the amount of work involved. A reading fee will be payable once only in respect of the same case, where the same counsel is involved. No fee will be allowed for research.
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance should electronically submit an extension for aid request via the Grants Online system.
When applying for an extension of aid for a reading fee for counsel the practitioner must include:
The grant of aid for counsel reading fees in a civil law matter is BREC.
All requests for reading fees for counsel are determined by a senior grants officer.
Requests to review a decision made in relation to counsel reading fees in a civil law matter 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 decision. The decision by the Grants manager is final and conclusive. There is no appeal to the external review officer on these matters.