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3. Civil law matters

3.19. Special circumstances

A special circumstance is defined in Legal Aid NSW policies as one of the following:

  • the applicant has a language or literacy problem
  • the applicant has an intellectual, psychiatric or physical disability
  • it is difficult for the applicant to obtain legal assistance because the applicant lives in a remote location
  • in relation to family law matters – there is, or is a likelihood of, domestic violence, especially if an allegation of domestic violence has been made by a party to the matter
  • the applicant is a child, or
  • the applicant is a person appointed by a court order under sections 15YF or 15YG of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) to ask questions of a child complainant or child witness.

Date Last Published: 06/12/2010