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Communtity Law Manual | Legal Aid & other legal help | Challenging a Legal Aid decision

Challenging a Legal Aid decision


If you’ve been refused Legal Aid, or are unhappy about some other Legal Aid decision (like how much you’ll have to repay), these are the two ways you can challenge the decision:

  • Internal review (“reconsideration”) – You have the right to get Legal Aid Services to do an internal review of the decision – this is called “reconsidering” the decision
  • Appeal to special Tribunal – If the internal review doesn’t change the decision, you can appeal to a specialist independent Tribunal, called the “Legal Aid Tribunal”.
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