1. What is the financial means test?

To qualify for Legal Aid, the applicant needs to go through a financial means test. The means test is to determine whether the applicant's assets and income exceed the financial resources limit for Legal Aid.

To satisfy the means test under the Ordinary Legal Aid Scheme, the financial resources of the applicant cannot exceed $307,130. The Director of Legal Aid has no power to grant Legal Aid under the Ordinary Scheme if the financial resources of the applicant exceed $307,130. The only exception is that the Director of Legal Aid may waive the financial resources limit in human rights related litigation.

If the financial resources of the applicant are between $307,130.01 and $1,535,650, he can satisfy the means test under the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme. The Director of Legal Aid has no power to grant Legal Aid under the Supplementary Scheme if the financial resources of the applicant exceed $1,535,650.

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