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Initial contribution

This is a sum of money a legal aid applicant will be asked to contribute towards the cost of providing legal services as a condition of the grant of aid. Legal Aid NSW can request an initial contribution under s36 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW) when a grant of legal aid is made.In most legal aid matters the person being legally assisted will be asked to pay an initial contribution towards the cost of providing legal services. The amount of the contribution depends on the applicant's financial circumstances and in some cases the type of matter for which aid is sought.The policies and guidelines about initial contributions are set out in the Contributions chapter.