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Guidelines

3. Civil law matters

3.16. At special disadvantage

In the civil law policies a person is at special disadvantage:

Where proceedings are taken by or for the benefit of:

  • a child; or
  • a person having substantial difficulty in dealing with the legal system by reason of a substantial 
    • psychiatric condition  
    • developmental disability
    • intellectual disability, or
    • physical disability.

Note: Taking into consideration available funds and competing priorities, Legal Aid NSW has determined that from 6 May 2013 until further notice, funds are not available under the "special disadvantage" policy for State matters. State matters are defined as matters brought under State legislation, regardless of whether the matter is being heard in a State or Commonwealth Court or Tribunal.

Date Last Published: 31/01/2017