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The Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme (CLLAS) is an outlays only scheme that helps financially disadvantaged people who have a civil law claim. The scheme does not cover legal professional fees and lawyers must agree to speculate their fees.
The Public Trustee of Queensland funds the CLLAS and Legal Aid Queensland administers it. The CLLAS operates under its own guidelines and is separate to Legal Aid Queensland grants of aid.
The CLLAS will consider funding civil law claims, including personal injuries claims that meet its funding guidelines. Priority is given to matters involving children or matters where your client will lose their home or livelihood if they don’t take legal action. The scheme can also help with public interest and test cases.
The CLLAS will not provide funding for:
The following criteria must be satisfied for your client to be eligible for funding under the scheme:
Yes. Your client must meet the CLLAS means and merits tests or the public interest/test case criteria. The CLLAS can refuse an application if it does not receive enough information to independently assess your client’s means and the claim’s merit.
When assessing an application’s merit, the scheme considers:
Your client must also meet financial eligibility criteria. The CLLAS applies Legal Aid Queensland’s means test, except for the criteria relating to equity in your client’s principal place of residence. Under the CLLAS guidelines, your client may have equity in their home up to $320,000.
For more information about the means and merits tests and other criteria, you can view the CLLAS guidelines at www.legalaid.qld.gov.au or contact us and we can send you a copy.
Legal Aid Queensland and the Public Trustee of Queensland are jointly responsible for assessing and determining applications.
There is no right of appeal for a decision to refuse aid under the scheme. However, the CLLAS can reassess your client’s application if new relevant information is provided.
If your client’s claim is successful or partially successful and they receive a payment or financial gain (money and/or property), they must refund all outlays paid by the CLLAS. No refund is required if your client’s claim is unsuccessful.
Your client should complete and sign a CLLAS Application form. You must also sign the lawyer’s certification in the application. Your client must also provide:
Your legal practice should complete the CLLAS Checklist and send it with supporting documentation.
The application and checklist can be lodged when the lawyer has completed a preliminary investigation of the claim and has all the relevant information and documents to provide to the CLLAS.
Send the application, checklist and all supporting documentation to the CLLAS coordinator, Legal Aid Queensland.
Mail: GPO Box 2449, Brisbane Qld 4001
Email: email@example.com (signed and scanned)
If your client’s application is approved, the client and your legal practice will need to sign a Client Agreement and Acknowledgement agreeing to the conditions of the grant of aid.
Aid will be granted as the claim progresses in the following stages:
Please ensure your client’s grant of aid has been approved before incurring expenses. Grants of aid are not provided retrospectively unless there are exceptional circumstances.
To access funding for a client, your legal practice can apply to become an approved legal practice.
To obtain a copy of the selection criteria to become an approved legal practice, you can view the scheme’s guidelines at www.legalaid.qld.gov.au or contact the CLLAS coordinator.
The CLLAS coordinator
Legal Aid Queensland
GPO Box 2449 Brisbane Qld 4001
Phone 1300 65 11 88www.legalaid.qld.gov.au
This service is funded by The Public Trustee of Queensland and administered by Legal Aid Queensland.