Matters other than family law
Over 80% of the cases we take on are family law matters, which has given rise to a public perception that we “only” deal with family law. This is not true, and the scope of the Act is very wide and encompasses most areas of civil law. There are only a handful of civil matters that are actually excluded from the scope of civil legal aid.
It is important that managing solicitors ensure that persons are not effectively refused legal services at law centre level by being advised by staff in a law centre, for example, that the centre deals only with family law cases.