Aid may be available for an expert report in a criminal law matter when:
- The report is likely to substantiate a defence to the charges (eg insanity), or
- The report directly relates to the proposed plea and it is likely to result in a significant reduction in the sentence that might otherwise be expected, and
- The material cannot be presented to the court without obtaining the report.
When a practitioner is seeking funding for an expert report they must have:
- A clear indication of the client’s medical and personal history and evidence which supports the view that a report will confirm the existence of an identifiable condition.