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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 4 6 Northern Territory Contingency Legal Aid Fund The Northern Territory Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) was established in accordance with section 44 of the Legal Aid Act on 1 March 1993 with a seeding grant of $200,00 from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust. CLAF is available to provide financial assistance to eligible persons to enable them to bring or defend civil proceedings. Financial assistance is available from CLAF to cover the reasonable cost of disbursements and out of pocket expenses that are necessarily incurred during the course of litigation including such items as stamp duty, service fees, expert witness reports, travelling expenses and expert witness court attendance fees. CLAF does not pay for solicitor or barrister professional costs or general office expenses such as photocopying, telephone charges or facsimile charges. The financial position of CLAF appears in Note 15 of the Financial Statements. Contingency Legal Aid Fund Committee Committees Role To determine whether or not to grant applications for assistance under CLAF. Membership of the Committee Director Deputy Director Law Society Nominees: C. Spurr J. Stirk D. McConnel M. Spazzapan P. Cheong G. McMaster Commission Appointees: B. Lelli A. Messell Our Committees Statistical Information Review Committee Committees Role To review decisions referred to the Committee under section 35(3) of the Legal Aid Act. Under section 35 of the Act, persons who feel they have been adversely affected by decisions taken on their application for legal aid may seek reconsideration or review of those decisions. During 2020-21 the Review Committee met on 14 occasions to view 14 client requests. The outcome of their deliberations was that 4 decisions were varied in favour of the applicant, and 0 decisions pending. Membership of the Committee (Members Participating during the Financial Year 2020 -21) Private Legal Practitioner: B. OLoughlin B. Piper R. Lawford C. Spurr P. Cheong T. Marris R. Morley E. Terrill P. Tregear J. Franz M. Johnson M. Hubber P. Maley J. Adams J. Nottle Independent person with relevant experience: C. Perry P.Timney P. Atkins W. Morton H. Roe J. Sharp L.Weatherhead Officers of NT Legal Aid, being the Director or a person employed by the Commission and holding a current practising certificate under the Legal Profession Act. Secretary to Committee: A Messell The demands on the fund have been: Applications 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/2120/21 Received 22 12 15 6 1414 Approved 16 9 8 4 88 Withdrawn 2 1 0 0 00 Refused 3 1 6 2 33 To be Decided 1 1 1 0 33

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