Nyman Gibson Miralis is a leading criminal defence law firm in Sydney. We handle Legal Aid matters throughout NSW including:
- local court committal hearings
- district court trials
- supreme court trials
- appellate work in the Court of Criminal Appeal
- district court sentence matters
- district court appeals
- bail applications
As your chosen Legal Aid Sydney Lawyer, we give each and every matter the effort and preparation required to achieve the best possible result.
What is Legal Aid?
Legal Aid NSW provides legal services to people across NSW who may be economically disadvantaged. Private law firms receive funding from Legal Aid NSW to help clients with their legal problems.
How do I apply for Legal Aid in NSW?
A form needs to be completed. We can provide you with the form and assist you in completing it. We can also sign the form and forward it to the Legal Aid NSW Commission for approval. You will need to provide supporting documentation such as bank statements, rent receipts, pay slips, and social security papers. We prefer that you consult with us prior to making the application if you want us to act for you.
Can I discuss my case with a Legal Aid Lawyer?
Yes. Your first consultation with one of our lawyers is free whether or not you apply for legal aid. Consultation fees apply for urgent matters, and we will advise you of any costs that may be involved so that you can choose whether to proceed.
Can I nominate my preferred Lawyer or Firm?
Yes. The lawyer nominated must be a Panel Member approved by the Legal Aid Commission (LAC). The LAC determines whether or not you will have the solicitor of your choice. Sometimes in-house legal aid lawyers will handle your case and sometimes it will be assigned to your nominated lawyer.
Can I have a Criminal Barrister of my choice?
Sometimes. In matters where a criminal barrister is to be briefed, such as a legal aid trial, the Public Defenders Office must first be approached to see whether a Public Defender is available. If none are available, then generally the legal aid lawyer can select a trial barrister. In certain cases, Senior Counsel (SC) or Queens Counsel (QC) specialising in Criminal Defence can be briefed.
Can your lawyers appear for me in a trial anywhere in NSW?
Yes. The Legal Aid Commission has some restrictions around funding travel and accommodation; however we can still be nominated as your preferred trial lawyer. While lawyers may be available locally, some people want to have a lawyer outside of their community.
Will you visit clients in gaol?
Definitely. We regularly attend gaols across the Sydney metropolitan area as well as some country gaols. We also have the facility to conduct an audio visual visit from our office to some prisons.
How do I qualify for Legal Aid?
Legal Aid in NSW is subject to both a merit and a means test. Your case must have merit and you must be eligible under the means test to be granted legal aid. Sometimes you might be asked to make a financial contribution towards your legal costs as part of the grant of aid.
Why Do You Do Legal Aid Cases?
Simple – everyone has the right to competent legal representation. We have a dedicated team of defence lawyers with a strong track record in legal aid trials. We have stopped matters from going to trial by winning committal hearings – without the benefit of the assistance of counsel. Our lawyers are passionate about providing you with the best representation possible.