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How is the Legal Aid Certificate revoked or discharged?

Once the matter for which the Certificate was granted has come to an end, the Committee will direct that the Certificate be discharged. In other circumstances, if the Committee determines that an assisted person has willfully failed to comply with any provision of The Legal Aid Act or its Regulations, the Committee may revoke or discharge the Certificate. That Certificate can also be discharged in a situation where there has been a material change in the circumstances of the assisted person (receives a huge financial windfall but fails to disclose it). The Attorney General has the discretion to seek reimbursement from such a person, with the proceeds being placed in The Consolidated Fund. Additionally, if Counsel assigned to the matter learns of a change in circumstances, he is obliged to notify the Committee, in writing, of that fact, with a copy to the assisted person.

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