—(1) Any person who requires legal aid as a matter of urgency shall complete the application form in Form 4 set out in the Schedule and the Director may, subject to the provisions of this regulation, issue a legal aid certificate (in this regulation referred to as an emergency certificate) without reference to the board.
(2) An applicant for an emergency certificate shall give such information as may be necessary to enable the Director to determine whether —
the applicant is likely to fulfil the conditions under which legal aid may be granted under the Act and these Regulations; and
it is in the interests of justice that the applicant should, as a matter of urgency, be granted legal aid,
and shall furnish such additional information and documents (if any) as may be sufficient to constitute an application for a legal aid certificate under the Act and these Regulations.
(3) If it appears to the Director that the applicant cannot at the time of the application reasonably furnish all or some of the information, the Director may, in his discretion, issue an emergency certificate subject to any condition that the Director may impose on the furnishing of additional information.
(4) An emergency certificate issued by the Director shall be in Form 5 set out in the Schedule.
(5) An emergency certificate shall remain in force for a period of 6 weeks or such longer period not exceeding 3 months as the Director may allow and, unless within that period the Director issues a legal aid certificate to the applicant in respect of the proceedings to which the emergency certificate relates, it shall cease to have effect at the end of that period.
(6) Notwithstanding paragraph (5), where it appears to the board that the circumstances of any particular application so warrant, the board may, from time to time, extend an emergency certificate for such further period or periods as it thinks fit.
(7) If, within any period during which an emergency certificate is in force, the board refuses the application for a legal aid certificate, the Director shall forthwith cancel the emergency certificate.
(8) Where an emergency certificate is cancelled by the Director or its period of validity is extended, the Director shall forthwith notify all the parties concerned.