Who makes the decision?
The decision to approve or reject your application is made by the Area Director where you applied.
How long will it take?
You should receive a decision from Legal Aid Manitoba (LAM) in 1-2 weeks after you complete your application for legal aid.
How will I be notified?
LAM will send you a written notice of its decision. The possibilities are:
- Your application is approved
- A certificate is issued to a lawyer to represent you, or
- A certificate will be issued only if you agree to pay all of your legal costs at legal aid rates
- Your application is rejected
- The notice will explain the reasons why your application was rejected
- If you don’t agree with the rejection, you can appeal the decision. We will send you an appeal form with your Notice of Rejection
What if I do not receive a written notice?
If you do not receive your written notice within 3 weeks of completing your application, please phone your local Area Office. A staff person can tell you:
- Whether your application has been approved or rejected
- If approved, who your lawyer is
- If rejected, why your application has been rejected
- Whether or not we need more information before we can make a decision
You may be asked to verify your identity by answering questions about the information provided on your application form.
I am approved. What happens next?
LAM will send a certificate to your lawyer. The certificate is a document that authorizes the lawyer to work on your case. It confirms that LAM will pay him or her. Your lawyer will contact you directly within 2 weeks.
LAM may contact the Court to advise of the status of your application.