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For legal aid to be granted for a referral to the property pilot the following tests must be satisfied:
Applicants seeking a grant of legal assistance should forward all of the following documents for assessment:
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance must electronically submit an application for aid via the Grants Online system along with the relevant information request.
The following documents are to be retained on file but may be requested by Legal Aid Queensland:
All documentation as outlined in the case management standards - family law
The following matters are currently excluded from the property pilot:
There are costs associated with the pilot and these are shared between the parties.
If legally aided, that party’s share of the costs of the service will be imposed as a retrospective contribution. If the party is privately represented, that party must contribute an upfront amount towards the costs of the conference/arbitration and contribute to the agreed outlays.
The grant of aid that issues for the initial referral to the pilot:
A referral should be made to property conference in the first instance, unless Arbitration is specifically requested.
If both parties meet the relevant guidelines and agree to participate in the property conference pilot the grant of aid is:
If both parties meet the relevant guidelines and agree to participate in the property arbitration pilot the grant of aid is:
The following grants of aid may be issued as extensions on the file:
If property conference/arbitration does not proceed, the applicant may seek an extension of aid for representation at court for a dispute about property.
Grants officers will determine whether a matter is appropriate for referral to the property pilot program.
All applications received from parties who have been invited by Legal Aid Queensland to a participate in the property pilot process are referred to DRS for determination.
Extensions will be determined by DRS including requests for a second conference or arbitration.
Practitioners will email DRS directly rather than lodging requests via Grants online.
If a request is received via Grants online email DRS (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the client name, Q file number and the request id.
Requests for travel, interpreters or court funding will be referred back to Grants for assessment.
Funding for property settlement disputes will be provided subject to the right to recover a retrospective contribution.
A decision to refuse legal aid for this type of matter may be appealed to the external review officer (review of decisions).
Last updated 19 January 2020