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START OF Policies and procedures
START OF Grants Handbook
START OF What do we fund?
START OF Nature and extent of funding
END OF Nature and extent of funding
END OF What do we fund?
END OF Grants Handbook
END OF Policies and procedures
For legal aid to be granted for a pre-sentence report the following tests must be satisfied:
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance should electronically submit an extension for aid request via the Grants Online System along with the appropriate information request or checklist.
Aid may be available for a pre-sentence report where the charges are serious and the report is likely to support the mitigation which will result in a significant reduction in sentence.
If funding is requested for a pre-sentence report in the Magistrates Court, Legal Aid Queensland will consider whether the practitioner is the most appropriate person to obtain the report as Magistrates can order that Corrective Services obtain a pre-sentence report if the Magistrate considers that a pre-sentence report is required for sentencing.
If funding is requested for a pre-sentence the practitioner is required to certify that:
The grant of aid for a social worker to prepare a Pre-Sentence Report is SW1.
The grant of aid for a psychologist to prepare a Pre-Sentence Report is PY1.
If the report writer refuses to accept the scale of fees to prepare the report or appear as a witness, the request will be referred to a senior grants officer for consideration.
Requests for an interstate report writer are determined by the Assistant Director Grants.