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13. Legal Aid Review Committee Appeals

13.1. Introduction

Under s56 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW) (the Act) a legal aid applicant or a legally assisted person may appeal a decision in relation to an application or a grant of legal aid to a Legal Aid Review Committee ("LARC"). Legal Aid NSW has established six Legal Aid Review Committees under s53 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW) which are responsible for determining appeals made by legal aid applicants or legally assisted persons. The Committees determine appeals about legal aid applications and grants of legal aid. Three of the Committees, the Family Law Legal Aid Review Committees, specialise in appeals in family law matters.

This chapter sets out, among other things, the appeal process, the types of decisions that can and cannot be appealed, the timeframe for appealing and how to appeal. The guidelines assist in applying the policy on appealing against determinations of legal aid and in managing files that are being prepared for an appeal to a Legal Aid Review Committee.

Date Last Published: 22/12/2016