LEGAL AID EXPLAINED
In the letter headlined 'Consulate's opposition to proposed levy a display of double standards' (South China Morning Post, December 18), 'Name and Address Supplied' said that 'in almost all cases [Filipina domestic helpers] are granted legal aid on the most flimsy of evidence'. This is simply not true.
To qualify for legal aid, an applicant must pass the means test and merits test. Our decision to grant legal aid is always made after careful and thorough examination of the facts and issues of the case.
The provision of legal aid services in Hong Kong is to ensure that any person who has reasonable grounds for pursuing or defending legal proceedings is not prevented from doing so by a lack of means, regardless of his nationality or whether he is a Hong Kong resident.
Deputy Director of Legal Aid