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Legal aid eligibility tests

We may apply the following tests to determine if you are eligible for legal aid.

  1. The Jurisdiction Test looks at whether legal aid is available in that jurisdiction and area of law.
  2. The Means Test looks at your income and assets. If you are eligible, we look at how much contribution you will pay towards the cost of the service. Our means test indicator is a guide to help you assess whether you may be financially eligible for legal aid in those matters where Legal Aid has a means test.
  3. The Merit Test looks at whether it is reasonable in all the circumstances to grant aid taking into account, among other criteria, whether the your matter has a reasonable prospect of success and whether providing legal assistance will benefit you.
  4. The Availability of Funds Test means that aid will only be granted if Legal Aid NSW considers that there are sufficient funds available.