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Communtity Law Manual | Legal aid | Family/domestic violence and civil/family legal aid

Civil/family legal aid

Family/domestic violence and civil/family legal aid

Legal Services Act 2011, s 19

Anyone who is granted civil/family legal aid for an application for a protection order under the Family Violence Act 2018 will probably not have to repay any of their legal aid, unless the Legal Services Commissioner decides that there are exceptional circumstances (for information on the Family Violence Act (which used to be the Domestic Violence Act), see the chapter “Family violence and elder abuse”).

The exemption from repayments is only for the family/domestic violence part of the proceedings. If the proceedings also relate to other matters, such as the care of children, a repayment may be required for these additional matters.

Note: The exemption from repayments only applies to the person applying for a protection order (the applicant), not to the person the application is made against (the respondent).

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