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Legal Advice Scheme for Unrepresented Litigants on Civil Procedures (Procedural Advice Scheme)

 

The Procedural Advice Scheme

  • provides free legal advice on civil procedural matters for unrepresented litigants who commence or are parties to legal proceedings in the following Courts (including commencement of proceedings) but not including civil proceedings in other tribunals;
  • Court of Final AppealCourt of Appeal of the High CourtCourt of First InstanceFamily CourtDistrict Court Lands Tribunal

  • will not provide advice on merits of cases or act as legal representative; and
  • operates on a “first-come-first-served” basis.

Please see examples of advice given and areas not covered by the Procedural Advice Scheme here.


Eligibility

Service is available for unrepresented litigants who -

a.

have not been granted legal aid and have not engaged lawyers; and

b.

satisfy the Procedural Advice Scheme's income eligibility limit* of not exceeding a monthly income of $50,000 or an annual income of $600,000.

* The income of an applicant's spouse, where applicable, will be counted towards the limit, unless the spouse is the opposite party of the proceedings or the applicant and the spouse are living separate and apart.

 

Advice Sessions

Advice sessions are attended by Resident Lawyers of the Scheme or Community Lawyers (i.e. volunteer lawyers).

Quick Advice Sessions (QAS) and Appointment Advice Sessions (AAS) are arranged for the applicants depending on the procedural advice sought.

Advice Sessionsnot more than 45 minutes per session not more than 15 minutes per sessionAASQASApplicants may attend a maximum of five advice sessions (including QAS and AAS) every three months for the same case. Advice Sessions

 

How to Apply

 
1
  • Application must be made in person at the Procedural Advice Scheme Office. Applicants must provide identification documents.
  • Applicants who are parties or wish to join as parties to the civil proceedings must provide relevant and recent court documents.
 
 
2
  • To assess eligibility of the applicants, applicants are required to complete an application form (Click here) or re-application form (Click here) each time they seek legal advice.
 
 
3
  • Provided that the legal advice sought by the applicants is within the scope of the Scheme, eligible applicants will wait for their turn to attend the Advice Sessions. Most Advice Sessions are conducted within the same day.
 

 

The Procedural Advice Scheme Office

Address

Admiralty Office
Room LG217, LG2/F, High Court Building, 38 Queensway, Hong Kong.

Wanchai Office
Room 437, 4/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Office Hours

8:45 am to 1:00 pm
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays)

Cut-off time for accepting applications for each half day is at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm respectively.

Telephone

2259 5017

E-mail

paso@cso.gov.hk

 

Poster and Pamphlets

Procedural Advice Scheme Poster (Click here)

Procedural Advice Scheme Pamphlet (Click here)

 

 

Community Lawyers

Lawyers who have at least two years' post-qualification experience and holding a current practicing certificate are eligible to enrol as Community Lawyers (CLs) of the Procedural Advice Scheme in their personal capacity on a pro bono basis.

Law firms can also participate in the Procedural Advice Scheme and assign eligible lawyers to enrol as CLs.

The enrolment form for individual lawyers can be downloaded here. The enrolment form for participating law firms can be downloaded here. The enrolment is a continuous exercise and registration is welcome any time of the year.

 

Terms and Conditions of the Procedural Advice Scheme (Click here)

* The terms and conditions of the Procedural Advice Scheme are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Advisory Committee on Legal Advice for Unrepresented Litigants

The Membership list and terms of reference are available here.

Meeting minutes

 

First meeting (15 June 2016)

Click here

Second meeting (15 December 2016)

Click here

Third meeting (22 June 2017)

Click here

Fourth meeting (14 November 2017) Click here
Fifth meeting (27 June 2018) Click here
Sixth meeting (20 December 2018) Click here

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