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There is no solicitor of choice in any area of law. If aid is approved a practitioner will be allocated in accordance with legal Aid Queensland’s allocation of solicitor guidelines.
A person in receipt of a grant of legal assistance must accept the advice of the practitioner appointed to act for them even where the advice is unfavourable. This includes advice such as:
If a client is provided with unfavourable advice, aid is not available for a client to shop around for more favourable advice.
Failure to follow the advice of the legal representative appointed by Legal Aid Queensland may result in a termination of the grant of legal assistance.
This condition does not apply to specified criminal law proceedings.
Legal aided clients are required to give their legal representatives proper instructions in respect of which they will be able to act in line with their ethical and professional obligations. If a client provides instructions which precludes their solicitor or counsel from fulfilling their ethical obligations to the court, the grant of legal assistance may be terminated.
A person who has been granted legal aid must be available for attendances as directed by their solicitor such as:
Legal Aid Queensland can ask any practioner acting on behalf or who has previously acted on behalf of a legal aided person, for information relevant to the grant of aid.