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Grants Online resources have been restored!
As you are probably aware, Grants Online has been experiencing some technical difficulties which meant that users were unable to access certain resources (ie child protection database, comparable sentences database, continuing professional development, printable merit checklists, co-accused form, expensive case claim form etc). Users were receiving a 401 error message (unauthorised – access is denied due to invalid credentials). This has now been resolved and the resources are back online.
We thank you for your patience while we resolved this issue.
LAQ is implementing a new risk management framework in grants. Under this framework low risk matters will require less detailed verification for the purposes of determining financial eligibility of clients who are or were (prior to being remanded) in receipt of a full Centrelink benefit. Higher risk matters will continue to require additional supporting material for the purposes of verification of financial eligibility and for some matters additional material may be requested.
This new process comes into effect, Monday 10 June 2019 and full details in relation to the process are available in this announcement.
Are you aware that LAQ has a circuit court briefing policy and that inclusion on the preferred supplier panel requires firms to comply with the circuit court briefing policy?
There are a number of areas throughout Queensland where circuit courts have been established for District and Supreme Court sittings and the locations of these courts can be obtained from the circuit court briefing policy. Circuit courts currently operate in the following locations:
Under the preferred supplier agreement, clause, 4.17(d), if LAQ directs the briefing of particular counsel, the preferred supplier must brief that particular counsel.
If a matter is being heard in a circuit court, Counsel will be appointed by LAQ. If you have any questions about the appointed Counsel for particular sittings, please contact the Senior Chambers Officer on (07) 3917 0438.
The current Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative Agreement is due to expire 31 July 2019 and existing Independent Children’s Lawyers and Separate Representatives who want to remain on the panel will need to reapply.
The application guidelines document and agreement are currently being revised and will be distributed soon. Exiting Independent Children’s Lawyers and Separate Representatives will receive an email once the documents are released. The documents will also be made available on the ‘For Lawyers’ page of the LAQ website become a legal aid service provider.
New applicants who want to be included on the panel will also be able to apply. The final selection criteria will be detailed in the application guidelines document but includes a requirement that:
Please refer to the application guidelines for new applicant document once it is released for the full selection criteria.
Thank you to everyone who attended the child protection training on Monday 13 May which aimed to enhance practitioners’ knowledge of the recent legislative amendments to the Child Protection Act. This session, and the one being hosted on Monday 10 June, follow on from the 2018 webinar series, which provided a complete overview of the child protection system — from notification and investigation by Child Safety through to proceedings in the Childrens Court and QCAT.
The last scheduled session will be hosted Monday, 10 June 1pm to 2pm AEST and is titled - Amendments to the Child Protection Act — permanency and information sharing. You can participate via:
For more information call 3238 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all upcoming CPD events, please see the For Lawyers page on Legal Aid Queensland website.