Several of our lawyers are members of the the Legal Aid Commission’s ‘General Criminal Law Panel’ and ‘Serious Criminal Law Panel’.

This means that, in certain circumstances, the Legal Aid Commission will pay us to undertake criminal cases.

If you have a District or Supreme Court trial date, we are happy to complete an application for Legal Aid on your behalf.

Am I eligible for Legal Aid?

You may be eligible for Legal Aid if:

  • You are gettting a Government Allowance (e.g. New Start, Disability Support Pension, Single Parent Pension, Youth Allowance).
  • You are in custody; or
  • You are receiving a very low income.
How can I apply for Legal Aid?

We can assist you to apply for Legal Aid for criminal cases and more-serious driving cases eg dangerous driving occasioning death/GBH.

Just call for a free appointment and one of our criminal lawyers will fill out an application for you.

It’s best if you can bring proof of income (e.g. a printout from Centrelink) and your two most recent bank statements.

What if my partner / family member / friend is in custody?

We can arrange a prison visit to advise your loved-one and get information to complete a legal aid application.

Which cases qualify for Legal Aid?

Legal Aid can be granted in most criminal cases and more-serious traffic cases..

Examples of criminal cases that qualify include assaults, frauds, break & enter, robbery, drug, sexual assault, terrorism, murder cases etc.

Do very serious criminal cases qualify for Legal Aid?

Yes, Legal Aid is available for even the most serious criminal cases.

In fact, there may be a better chance of getting legal aid in these cases.

Our defence team is extremely experienced and highly successful in running a wide range of complex and lengthy criminal trials; including murder, robbery, drug importation and supply, fraud, serious assault and sexual assault trials.

Many of our lawyers are members of the Legal Aid Commission’s ‘Serious Criminal Law Panel’ which means that the Legal Aid Commission can assign us even the most serious criminal cases.

If Legal Aid is granted, will my case always be assigned to Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Unfortunately not.

Legal Aid’s policy is to take criminal cases “in house” – which means give it to a lawyer employed by the Legal Aid Commission – unless a Legal Aid lawyer is not available or there are other circumstances which justify giving the case to us.

Will I have to pay anything at all?

You will normally have to pay a $75 contribution to the Legal Aid Commission.

That fee can be waived for persons in custody.

There are normally no other costs.

In fact, it is an offence for any lawyer to accept a grant of legal aid and to also receive private funding.

Why does Sydney Criminal Lawyers undertake Legal Aid cases?

Our dedicated criminal lawyers believe everyone is entitled to the best defence in criminal and serious traffic cases.

We will fight for you throughout the proceedings and ensure that everything is done to produce the best possible result.

So if you’re case has been listed for a District or Supreme Court trial, give us a call and one of our senior lawyers will help by submitting a Legal Aid application on your behalf.

How do I get Legal Aid?