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Motions for attachment and committal outside of family law

Where an application is made to a Court for attachment and committal for breach of a court order, an application by the Respondent for civil legal services may be made. These applications will be treated as priority and may be granted legal advice by the law centre subject to the usual financial eligibility criteria.

An application for a legal aid certificate can be made to Legal Services. While the merits criteria will apply, the decision maker will take into consideration the fact that the applicant is at risk of losing his/her liberty if the order sought is granted. These applications are to be treated with priority by solicitors and decision makers alike. The merits criteria apply in these cases.