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Apply for legal aid – documents

Family legal problem

Examples of documents that are needed or that will be helpful to us when we assess your application for a grant of legal aid are:

  • Court attendance notice
  • Court order
    • If there is a court order related to your legal problem, you must provide a copy of the court order.
    • If you have received a court order, you should get legal advice.
  • Apprehended domestic violence order
    • If there is an apprehended domestic violence order against anyone to protect the children, you should provide a copy of the apprehended domestic violence order.
    • If you have taken out an apprehended domestic violence order against anyone who is involved with your case, you should provide a copy of the apprehended domestic violence order.
  • Family dispute resolution certificate
    • If you have received a family dispute resolution certificate, you should provide a copy of the family dispute resolution certificate.

Criminal legal problem

Examples of documents that are needed or that will be helpful to us when we assess your application for a grant of legal aid are:

  • Court attendance notice
  • Court order
    • If there is a court order related to your legal problem, you must provide a copy of the court order.
    • If you have received a court order, you should get legal advice.

Civil (other) legal problem

Examples of documents that are needed or that will be helpful to us when we assess your application for a grant of legal aid are:

  • Decisions by a Court, Tribunal or Ombudsman about your case.
  • A decision of a government agency or company that you disagree with.
  • Any correspondence with the other party about your dispute.
  • Any documents you have received that commence legal action against you such as a Statement of Claim, Summons or Application.

All legal problems

Examples of documents that are needed or that will be helpful to us when we assess your application for a grant of legal aid are:

  • Bank statements  
    • If you have a bank account, you must provide a copy of up to 2 recent bank statements.
  • Income statements
    • If you are employed, you should provide a copy of up to 4 recent payslips or a letter from your employer showing your weekly income and tax paid.
    • If you are self-employed, you should provide a copy of up to 2 recent tax returns and financial statements.
  • Centrelink statement
    • If you receive a Centrelink benefit or pension and have not authorised Legal Aid NSW to check this, you should provide a copy of your current Centrelink statement.