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LEGAL AID ACT 1978 - SECT 23

Applications for legal assistance

S. 23(1) amended by No. 61/1989
s. 8 (as amended by No. 48/1995
s. 11(7)(a)).

    (1)     An application for legal assistance, other than legal assistance of a class prescribed as exempted from the provisions of this subsection, shall be in writing in or to the like effect of the form approved by VLA.

    (2)     An application for legal assistance may be lodged at or posted to—

S. 23(2)(a) amended by No. 48/1995 s. 10(l).

        (a)     any office of VLA; or

S. 23(2)(b) substituted by No. 57/1989 s. 3(Sch.
item 115.1(a)).

        (b)     a venue of the Magistrates' Court.

S. 23(3) amended by Nos 57/1989 s. 3(Sch. item 115.1(b)), 48/1995 s. 10(l).

    (3)     An application lodged at or posted to a venue of the Magistrates' Court must be forwarded immediately to VLA or as VLA may from time to time direct.

S. 23(4) amended by No. 48/1995 s. 10(l).

    (4)     VLA may, in special circumstances, treat an application that does not comply with all the requirements of subsection (1) as having been duly made.

S. 23(5) amended by No. 48/1995 s. 10(l).

    (5)     An applicant for legal assistance shall furnish to VLA such information and such declarations and other documents as VLA requires for the purpose of enabling a decision to be made as to whether legal assistance should be granted in respect of the application.



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