Exceptions to briefing preferred barristers for standard criminal trials

Exceptions to briefing preferred barristers for standard criminal trials

Indictable Crime Panel members are able to apply to Victoria Legal Aid for an exception to brief barristers who are not on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barristers List for standard trials. Major trials are not eligible for exceptions to briefing from the preferred list. Major trials are defined as trials that are likely to last more than 15 days.

Barristers themselves are not permitted to apply for an exception.

Practitioners should refer to the Notes on Criminal Law Guideline 4.1, Trials in the County and Supreme Courts for the exception application process.