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If I am refused Legal Aid can I appeal against the decision?

Yes you can. You will always be told the reason why Legal Aid has been refused. In the first instance you should write to the Administrator setting out the reasons why you think the decision is unfair and include any supporting evidence you may have. 

If you have been refused Legal Aid because you are financially ineligible, there is no independent review process. However, the Administrator will review your financial assessment if you request it. 

If Legal Aid has been refused because the legal merits test is not met, you can challenge this decision through an independent review process. You would be sent details of this when you receive the decision of refusal of Legal Aid but please also see Guide to the Review of the Administrator's Decision.


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