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Legal Aid Queensland Act 1997 – 1 July 2014

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A person who normally lives in Queensland may apply in the approved form to Legal Aid for free or reduced cost legal assistance. Assistance may only be given where the applicant meets prescribed/ published criteria.

  • Sections 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 24, 28, 31, 32, 73; Schedule
Reason for law

To provide for giving legal assistance to financially disadvantaged persons in the most effective, efficient and economical way. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Legal Aid Queensland

How to apply for legal aid


Legal Information Guides

Criminal Law Duty Lawyer Handbook

Best Practice Guidelines

Legal Aid Queensland Board

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd


Legal aid to foreigners in China [Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers]

National Legal Aid [Representative Body]


The phrase ‘may only, and must’ is used in subsection 63(2). This phrase can easily lead to confusion.



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Untested case law [Work In Progress]

Sanderson & Anor v Bank of Queensland Limited [2016] QCA 137 at [23]: It follows that the equality of arms principle does not entitle the present applicants to legal representation or of itself, provide a basis for permanently staying or dismissing this proceeding if they remain unrepresented. The question is whether this proceeding can be fairly determined in all the circumstances, including that the applicants are without legal representation. … [civil proceedings]

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