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1. Criminal law matters

1.12. Criminal law policies

The Legal Aid NSW Board develops and approves policy in relation to State and Commonwealth criminal matters. Legal Aid NSW entered into a National Partnership Agreement with the Commonwealth Government on in July 2010 for the provision of legal aid for Commonwealth criminal matters.

Legal Aid NSW criminal law policies set out:

  • the types of matters for which legal aid is available
  • the tests which must be applied before a grant of legal is made to an applicant including:

The criminal law guidelines set out other requirements that must be observed when determining and administering grants of legal aid including guidelines in relation to costs and late applications. The Criminal Practice Direction is authority from the Director Criminal Law to certain legal officers to assign matters and order experts for sentence matters.

Date Last Published: 01/12/2010