With effect from 17 March 2023, the financial eligibility limits for the Ordinary Legal Aid Scheme (“OLAS”) and the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme (“SLAS”) have been adjusted upwards. For OLAS, the limit has gone up from $420,400 to $433,010. For SLAS, the adjustment is from $2,102,000 to $2,165,060.
With effect from 1 March 2023, the amount of personal allowances to be deducted from income when computing an applicant's financial resources has been adjusted.
For full details of the new personal allowances, please click here.
For more information on how the financial resources of an applicant are calculated, please click here.
The Departmental Report 2021 of the Legal Aid Department has been issued. Please view it here.
The Legal Aid Electronic Services Portal (LAESP) has been enhanced which enable legal practitioners to submit Legal Aid Panel Entry Forms electronically by using “iAM Smart+” account. Panel lawyers can submit prescribed e-reports and e-forms through LAESP by using User ID and password or “iAM Smart”.
The Legal Aid Panel Entry Form (Form LAP3 - for counsel; Form LAP1 - for solicitors) and the Data Update Form (Form LAP4 - for counsel; Form LAP2 - for solicitors) have been updated. Please click here to view the new forms.
The Legal Aid Department announced today (1st January 2023) that the Typhoon and Rainstorm Warning Arrangements for Legal Aid Appeal Hearings and Legal Aid Review Hearings are revised. Please view it here.