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5. Family Law Matters – when legal aid is available

5.16. Adoption matters

Legal aid is available for adoption proceedings as set out below.

5.16.1 Adoption – responding to an adoption application

Legal aid is available for adoption proceedings where the legal aid applicant is the respondent [the birth parent, grandparent or sibling] in the adoption proceedings.

For legal aid to be granted, the following tests must be satisfied:

Legal aid is available to a child/ren where the Court has made an order for separate representation of the child/ren, subject to the Availability of Funds Test.

5.16.2 Adoption – applicants in adoption proceedings

Legal aid is available for adoption proceedings where the legal aid applicant is the applicant in the adoption proceedings.

For legal aid to be granted, the following tests must be satisfied:

Legal aid is available to a child/ren where the Court has made an order for separate representation of the child/ren subject to the Availability of Funds Test.

Date Last Published: 11/10/2018