Craig, the super, this missus's reaction, gaol - so much to consider
The investigation is being hampered and prejudiced by the delay in accessing the documents

Bruce Wilson's defence organised by tax deductible gifts

Barrister Daniel Aghion yesterday represented Bruce Wilson at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

He seems a nice bloke who has produced many scholarly papers including one recently on LPP.  He also says that pro bono work is important to him.

The Australian's Pia Akerman reports that "Mr Wilson is receiving access to legal representation through the Public Interest Law Clearing House".

PILCH's website is here

The "Public Interest" test is the basis for eligibility for funding - seems Bruce has friends in publicly-interested places.

What are the eligibility criteria?

When assessing a request for pro bono assistance, PILCH applies a combination of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Whether the applicant has exhausted all other avenues of legal assistance. For example, the Referral Service cannot assist where:
    • an applicant can afford a lawyer;
    • an applicant is eligible for a grant of assistance from Victoria Legal Aid; or
    • more appropriate assistance is available from another service provider, for example, a Community Legal Centre or a no-win-no-fee firm.
  • The complexity and nature of the legal matter, including whether the issue is a family, criminal or civil law matter;
  • Access to justice considerations (for example, vulnerability, disadvantage, oppression or discrimination);
  • Legal merit (the prospects of success), and the utility (cost-benefit) of the matter;
  • Whether the applicant or the legal issue are in Victoria;
  • The disposition (behaviour) of the applicant;
  • The pro bono capacity of the lawyers who participate in the programs we administer; and
  • Our own resources.

We also apply the following discretionary considerations:

  • Whether the matter raises public interest criteria (for example, the proceedings will determine an important right affecting a significant sector of the community, or advance the rule of law); and
  • The administration of justice