Legal Aid Matters

Legal Aid Matters, Family Law

The lawyers at Aston Legal practice in a variety of areas, including all serious and minor criminal matters, family law, AVOs, and driving and traffic matters, and is the ideal choice for running your matter through a grant of Legal Aid.

We protect you and your rights in all Local Court Committal Hearings, Family Court Hearings, District Court Trials, Supreme Court Trials, Appellate Work in the Court Of Criminal Appeal, District Court Sentence matters, District Court appeals and any bail application that needs to be made.

We also represent clients with mental health conditions, and have made numerous successful section 32 applications.

We provide dedicated and professional service to all our clients and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Some Legal Aid clients are in prison, having been refused bail because they are charged with serious offences. In such cases, it is necessary for us to visit our clients in gaol to provide legal advice and obtain instructions.

We visit all gaols including Long Bay, MRRC (Metropolitan Remand Centre), Parramatta Gaol, Parklea Correctional Centre, Goulburn Gaol, Bathurst Gaol, Lithgow Gaol and other gaols throughout NSW.

How Do You Apply For Legal Aid?

A form needs to be completed. We can provide you with the form and assist you in completing it. You will need to provide supporting documentation such as bank statements, rent receipts, pay slips, and Social Security papers. If you nominate our firm or one of our lawyers, we can also sign the form and forward it to the Legal Aid Commission for approval. We prefer that you consult with us prior to making the application for a grant of aid if you want us to act.

 

Can You Discuss Your Matter With A Solicitor?

Yes. Unless it is an urgent matter, your first conference with our solicitor is free whether or not you make an application for legal aid. If you have an urgent matter, we will advise you of any costs that may be involved so that you can choose whether to proceed.

 

Can You Nominate Your Preferred Lawyer or Firm?

Yes. The lawyer nominated must be a Panel Member approved by the Legal Aid Commission (LAC). The LAC determines whether or not you will have the solicitor of your choice. Sometimes in-house legal aid lawyers will retain your case and sometimes your case will be assigned to your nominated lawyer.

 

Can You Have A Barrister of Your Choice?

Sometimes. In matters where a barrister is to be briefed, such as a legal aid trial, the Public Defender’s Office must first be approached to see whether a Public Defender is available. If none are available, then generally the legal aid solicitor can select a trial barrister. In certain cases, Senior Counsel or Queens Counsel can be briefed.

 

Can We Appear For You In A Trial Anywhere in NSW?

Yes. The Legal Aid Commission has certain restrictions that may apply to the funding of travel costs and accommodation, however we are still able to be nominated as your preferred trial lawyer. See our list (above) of district courts that we can attend. We believe that people in rural or country areas should not be disadvantaged in any way, such as choice of lawyer. Although there are lawyers in country areas, some people want to ensure that they have a lawyer who is truly independent of their community.

 

Will You Visit Clients in Gaol?

Definitely. We regularly attend gaols across the Sydney metropolitan area as well as some country gaols. We also have the facility to conduct an audio visual visit from our office to some prisons.

 

Is Legal Aid Subject To A Merit Test or a Means Test

Yes to both. Your case must have merit and you must be eligible under the means test to be granted legal aid. Sometimes you might be asked to make a financial contribution towards your legal costs as part of the grant of aid.

 

Why Do We Do Legal Aid Matters?

Simple, everyone has the right to competent legal representation. We have a dedicated team of family and criminal defence lawyers who have successfully won a number of very high profile Legal Aid trials as well as a great number of trials that did not attract publicity. We have experienced solicitors who have stopped matters from going to trial by winning committal hearings, without the benefit of the assistance of counsel. At Aston Legal Solicitors and Barristers, we are passionate about achieving the best results possible for our clients.


First Consultation is Free

The lawyers at Aston Legal practice only in Family, Criminal Defence, Driving and Traffic matters.

All matters are handled by mature, experienced lawyers.

We are fight fearlessly to protect the rights of our clients and we get GREAT RESULTS.

We handle all family and criminal matters in all NSW and Commonwealth jurisdictions, including Local, District, Supreme, Family and High Court of Australia.

The team of lawyers at Aston Legal are totally committed to achieving the best outcome possible for all their clients.

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