Previous clients of the Board who have received legal services for the same matter
If it appears that an applicant has already received (or applied and been refused) legal services for the same matter, any member of staff in the law centre can (after consulting with the managing solicitor) make an application for legal advice to be refused on the grounds that:
- the matter is one in respect of which the applicant has already received legal services; or
- the matter is one in respect of which does not meet the criteria that are set out in section 24 of the Act.
Such applications are in practice rare. However you should be mindful that the provision to refuse legal advice is there, where an applicant makes repeated and/or vexatious applications for legal services for substantially the same matter.