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The Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme (CLLAS) provides Queenslanders with financial assistance with civil law claims when a grant of aid is not available from Legal Aid Queensland. The scheme provides assistance to cover some of the costs involved in preparing a client’s claim for settlement negotiations or court proceedings (if needed).
The CLLAS is funded by The Public Trustee of Queensland and is administered by Legal Aid Queensland.
The CLLAS will consider funding outlays for any civil law claim where:
Personal injury cases are usually given funding priority. The CLLAS may also fund public interest and test cases.
The CLLAS Advisory Committee assesses all applications. The committee has two members, one from Legal Aid Queensland and one from The Public Trustee of Queensland.
The committee considers:
The committee can refuse an application if it does not receive enough information to independently assess the claim’s merit.
Yes. Legal Aid Queensland’s income and assets test applies to all applications. Clients must provide recent pay slips, bank account statements and copies of health care or pension cards to prove their financial eligibility.
Solicitor’s have to speculate their professional fees and agree not to seek or receive funds until a matter has successfully ended.
If your client’s claim is successful or partially successful, they will have to refund all assistance provided to them by the CLLAS. No refund is required if your client’s claim is unsuccessful.
Full details about reimbursing the scheme are contained in the CLLAS Acknowledgment, which is signed by the client and their solicitor at the start of the process.
To access funding for a client, your firm needs to be approved by the scheme as a preferred supplier.
To obtain a copy of the criteria to become a CLLAS preferred supplier, contact the CLLAS coordinator on (07) 3238 3486 (solicitors only).
Your client should complete a legal aid application form. Please ensure all relevant information anddocuments are provided and sign the solicitor’s certification.
Your firm should provide a covering letter for the application. The letter should include:
The application can be lodged when the solicitor has completed a preliminary investigation of the claim and has all the relevant information and documents to provide to the committee.
Send the covering letter, application form and documentation to:
Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme
c/o Legal Aid Queensland
GPO Box 2449
Brisbane QLD 4001
Aid can be provided for the expenses specified in your outlays budget or at the following stages:
Please ensure your client’s grant of aid has been approved before incurring expenses. The scheme may refuse to refund expenses incurred before the committee’s decision to grant aid.