The State’s special circumstances

The State’s special circumstances

A person who is applying for a grant of legal assistance for a State matter will come within the State’s ‘special circumstances’ if they:

  • are under 18 years old
  • have a language or literacy problem
  • have an intellectual or psychiatric disability.

This guideline does not apply to traffic matters heard in the Magistrates' Court.

Definition of intellectual or psychiatric disability

‘Intellectual or psychiatric disability’ means a disability which has resulted in a person either: