Guideline 4 – coronial inquests

Guideline 4 – coronial inquests

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance to a person for a coronial inquest if either:

  • it is reasonably likely that the person will be charged with a serious offence (for example, murder, manslaughter or culpable driving)
  • it is in the public interest that the person be legally represented.

Documentary requirements

Applications under this guideline can only be submitted via the standard grants assessment process.

A member of the section 29A practitioner panel or section 30 referral panel seeking a grant of legal assistance should submit an application via ATLAS for assessment, including all of the following documents:

  • after referring to guideline 4 and all available material, the lawyer’s assessment of any charge which the person applying for the grant of legal assistance may face
    or
  • the lawyer’s assessment of how it may be in the public interest for the person applying for the grant of legal assistance to be represented
    and
  • documentary proof of any State special circumstances
  • relevant proof of means.