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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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Tabled Papers for 14th Assembly 2020 -; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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n o rt h e rn t e rr it o ry l e g a l a id c o m m is si o n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 2 0 Legal Assistance Guidelines NT Legal Aid is required by section 12 of the Legal Aid Act to determine, and make known to the public, guidelines to be applied in considering applications for legal assistance and in making decisions as to other specified matters involving the exercise of discretion. The Guidelines are available on NT Legal Aids website. Contributions and Recovery of Costs Client contributions are collected in accordance with section 29 of the Legal Aid Act. Initial contributions of a minimum of $110.00 are usually imposed, except where the person is in custody or a child. Interim and final contributions may also be imposed, especially where a legally assisted persons financial circumstances have improved during the currency of a grant of aid or they have been released from custody. Where possible NT Legal Aid may also recover some or all of the costs incurred in representing the client. Client contributions are an important part of NT Legal Aids funding base. Reconsideration and Review of Decisions An applicant for legal assistance may request that a decision in relation to a grant of aid be reconsidered or reviewed in accordance with Part VI of the Legal Aid Act. Where a decision is confirmed or varied following reconsideration by an officer of NT Legal Aid, the person affected may request that the decision be referred to a Review Committee for review. The Review Committee consists of an officer of NT Legal Aid, a private legal practitioner and an independent person with relevant experience. Legal Practices NT Legal Aid conducts legal practices which include criminal law, family law and civil law. NT Legal Aid also auspices an independent Domestic Violence Legal Service. Locations NT Legal Aid maintains offices in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, and provides limited services to other regions by utilising either its own staff or private practitioners. NT Legal Aid also conducts outreach services outside of these offices, including the courts, prisons, community organisations and remote communities. Katherine Office Team