Doogue + George can help you with a Legal Aid Lawyer – Heidelberg Court. We are a criminal law firm that has an office in Heidelberg and takes on legal aid clients for Victoria Legal Aid (“VLA”). Our office is just up the road from the Court in Burgundy Street.
Because we have a number of registered legal aid lawyers, Victoria Legal Aid will pay us to act for legal aid clients.
That is people who satisfy the guidelines as to whether or not they qualify for legal aid. There is a financial assessment as to eligibility for legal aid and there is also a merits test as to whether the charges you face are serious enough to warrant legal aid funding the case.
What this means is that as a legal aid client, you can choose whom you want to represent you. You can ring and choose a lawyer from Victoria Legal Aid or you can ring us and we will represent you as a Legal aid lawyer.
If you are eligible for legal aid funding you will pay no fees to us. Legal aid work is fully funded by Victoria Legal Aid.
Our firm is on the summary legal aid panel and the indictable legal aid panel. The indictable legal aid panel in particular has very strict criteria for qualifying and the firm must establish both experience in the field of criminal law and a capacity to handle cases within the guidelines of legal aid funding for a case.
Our legal aid lawyer Heidelberg can assess whether you are eligible for legal aid at our Heidelberg Office so phone us as soon as possible and we will start looking after your case. Shaun Pascoe our partner at our Heidelberg Office has handled a vast number of legal aid cases over the years and can give you a quick and accurate advice as to your eligibility.
Our Heidelberg office phone number is (03) 9458 3700.