For legal aid to be granted for parties and non-parties or children (direct representation) to attend the contested final hearing the following tests must continue to be satisfied:
Parties to proceedings:
Applications for aid for children to be directly represented at a contested child protection hearing will be referred to a grants manager for determination, unless a Grants Manager has previously approved preparation. Where a Grants Manager has approved preparation, a Grants Officer may consider funding to appear at final hearing.
Extension requests received from preferred supplier or in-house practitioner
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance must electronically submit an extension request via Grants Online attaching the appropriate checklist.
The following documents may be submitted or retained on file but may be requested by Legal Aid Queensland:
Grant(s) of aid
The grant of aid to attend a contested final child protection hearing (solicitor only) is CP14.
This is a maximum fee grant of aid for attendance at a day of a hearing and will be issued for each day of hearing.
Extension(s) of aid
An extension of aid may be available for counsel to attend a contested final hearing and additional preparation for counsel for an adjourned trial if the nature and extent of funding criteria are met.
An extension of aid may be available for additional preparation for solicitor for an adjourned trial if the nature and extent of funding criteria are met.
If the matter proceeds beyond the contested final hearing, extensions of aid may be available to continue representation at the following stages: