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Note: Legal aid is a benefit funded by Australian taxpayers. Many taxpayers who are above the means test threshold for the granting of legal assistance have their own access to justice constrained in whole or in part because of limited financial resources. To reduce the inequity between those who have access to assistance and those who are marginally excluded, the Commonwealth and State aim to have strategies adopted that will provide solutions to assisted clients; problems at minimum cost. The test of the prudent self-funding litigant, one without deep pockets;, is one such strategy. It aims to put assisted litigants into an equal but not better position than private litigants without deep pockets; who risk their own funds.
Note: Legal Aid Queensland has numerous competing interests for its resources, and accordingly Legal Aid Queensland must be satisfied that the matter for which legal assistance is sought is an appropriate expenditure of Legal Aid Queensland resources. Examples considered to be inappropriate expenditures of Commonwealth legal resources are:
That is - the dispute must be substantial
Last updated 14 December 2015
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