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5. Can I choose a lawyer I trust to represent me under Legal Aid?

You may request the Director of Legal Aid to assign a solicitor or barrister in private practice whom you trust to represent you when you apply for Legal Aid. If your suggested lawyer is on the Legal Aid Panel and has the time and expertise to represent you in the proceedings, the Director of Legal Aid will usually respect your choice. If the Director considers the lawyer suggested by you to be unsuitable, his staff will discuss with you to find another suitable lawyer.