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START OF Policies and procedures
START OF Grants Handbook
START OF What do we fund?
START OF Nature and extent of funding
END OF Nature and extent of funding
END OF What do we fund?
END OF Grants Handbook
END OF Policies and procedures
For legal aid to be granted for an expert report from a clients treating medical practitioner the following tests must be satisfied:
If more than four hours is requested or the quote exceeds the equivalent of a four hour grant, the request will be referred to a Senior Grants Officer for consideration.
If the report writer refuses to accept the scale of fees to prepare the report or appear as a witness, the request will be referred to a Grants Manager for consideration.
Requests for an interstate report writer are determined by the Assistant Director Grants.
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance should electronically submit an extension of aid request via the Grants Online system and include details of the number of hours sought to prepare the report. The practitioner must also provide information to support the merits test with regards to the “appropriateness of spending limited public Legal Aid funds" test, and the "prudent self-funding litigant" test.
Aid may be granted for a treating medical practitioner to prepare a report when:
Practitioners should provide a quote for the client’s treating medical practitioner to prepare the report.
There is a set scale of fees for a treating medical practitioners.
If the treating medical practitioner's quote is at the scale of fees rate the relevant grant of aid for a treating medical practitioner to prepare a report is MD4.
If the medical practitioners quote is at less than the scale of fees the COT grant of aid is issued with the relevant amount.