In November 2013 Legal Aid announced that it will not provide Legal Aid funding to people pleading not guilty to criminal offences in the Local Court if there is no real possibility of a jail sentence if the person is convicted. This rule will apply even if a person would otherwise qualify for Legal Aid.
At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors we have always stood up for those in difficulty with the law, even if they cannot afford a lawyer. We have done thousands of Legal Aid funded cases. To us, this new rule is simply unjust.
Consequently we have expanded our Pro Bono Scheme (free legal advice and representation) to allow legal representation in Local Court hearings for people who have been refused Legal Aid because of the implementation of this rule. There are conditions to accessing the Scheme and limits to the number of people we can represent under our Pro Bono Scheme.
So if you are eligible for Legal Aid but you have been refused Legal Aid representation because you are pleading not guilty, contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors. We may be able to assist you.
Even if our Pro Bono Scheme cannot accommodate your case, you may be eligible for reductions in legal fees.
Contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 or 24 hour phone / text: 0421 373 961 to find out more about our Pro Bono or Pro Bono Reduced Fee Services.
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are located at:
Suite 504, Level 5