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Working with VLA (Family Law) Induction CPD seminar for Victorian Bar members – 5 March

The purpose of the ‘Working with VLA (Family Law) Induction’ 2 CPD seminar is to highlight what is involved with legally aided family law work.

This introductory seminar designed for barristers will cover objectives, functions and briefly introduce the family law guidelines and fee structure. It will also cover Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA's) client base, expectations when taking on a VLA brief, what supports VLA can offer our practice partner barristers, and some interesting cases will be discussed.

Interim Bail Night Court funding for Victoria Legal Aid Duty Lawyer Service

As a part of the Victorian Government’s $5.5m funding announced on 22 January, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) has been asked to provide a duty lawyer service at night in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Although the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has been hearing bail applications at night for the last 12 months, this represents an expansion of services. The Interim Night Court is expected to commence in the coming months. Police prosecutors, Community Corrections and Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) are also funded to participate.

New streamlined process for independent children’s lawyer grant requests

As part of our commitment to working better with you, we have extended the simplified grants process to include independent children’s lawyer (ICL) matters.

From 19 February, your ICL matters will be automatically processed. There are some exceptions but the majority of your requests and claims will proceed quickly through the grants system. 

Initial grant allocation by us will continue as per the current court order process. 

Survey results from our private practitioner survey

We invited our panel firms – past, present and future – to share their feedback about how our relationship is working currently – good and bad.

We asked our panel firms for feedback because we want to find better ways of working with practitioners who do legal aid work.

View the results: 2017 panel practitioner survey results (pdf, 1.1 MB)

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