This section explains what the assigned lawyer must do when a legally assisted matter, or a stage of a legally assisted matter, finishes.
When a legally assisted matter or a stage of a legally assisted matter ends, the assigned lawyer must give VLA a final report on the outcome within a reasonable time.
VLA has different reporting requirements, depending on which grants assessment process the application for assistance was processed under.
If the legal matter is one for which VLA processed the application through the simplified grants assessment process, then the assigned lawyer must submit their final report and their final accounts (in-house billing or invoices) to VLA within 30 days after the assisted matter finishes.
VLA has pro forma final report forms which may be used for the following matters:
In family law matters, a lawyer must send a copy of the orders.
In all other assisted matters, the assigned lawyers must report to VLA by writing a letter and including in it:
In some legally assisted matters in which VLA pays interim costs and disbursements, the eventual settlement offer or judgment may be significantly lower than the amount anticipated when VLA originally made the grant of legal assistance. In these cases, VLA may agree that the lawyer need only refund to VLA the amount paid by VLA.
If a case has finished, and the assigned lawyer has given the assisted person an account for costs over and above the amount VLA paid or will pay, then VLA may consider:
If VLA prosecutes the lawyer under the Legal Aid Act, then the lawyer may be either:
See also: Referral and practitioner panels