How to apply: expressions of interest

How to apply: expressions of interest

To apply for membership to the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List you will need to submit an expression of interest.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest for membership on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List can be made at any time. These applications will be considered at the next available Preferred Barrister List Selection Committee meeting.  

How to apply

To apply to be a member of the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List:

Email your form, along with attachments, via email to preferredbarristerlist@vla.vic.gov.au.

When to apply

Barristers can apply for membership of the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List at any time. All applications will be assessed as part of the ongoing three-monthly assessment cycle.

Application due date Selection Committee meeting
18 January 2016  February 2016
16 May 2016 June 2016
7 November 2016  November 2016

Urgent applications

The Selection Committee can consider urgent applications.

If you would like the Selection Committee to consider your application urgently, please provide the following information in your email with your application:

  • detail the urgent nature of the application, including when and how long the trial is listed for
  • instructing solicitor’s name and firm name
  • client’s full name
  • Victoria Legal Aid’s file reference number (if known).

How applications are assessed

Decisions about list entry, removal or suspension will be made by the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List Selection Committee.

The committee is chaired by Victoria Legal Aid’s Executive Director of Legal Practice or their delegate and includes:

  • the Executive Director of Criminal Law or their delegate
  • Chief Counsel, Victoria Legal Aid Chambers, or their delegate.

The committee may seek advice from external stakeholders when considering refusal, suspension or removal decisions. Stakeholder members may provide advice, but will not make decisions.

Assessment process

Applications are assessed on the basis of all materials provided, Victoria Legal Aid knowledge of the applicant, stakeholder advice and information from internal and publicly available records.

The committee may defer discussion of an application to seek further information from the applicant, or any other relevant party, that is required to make the assessment.

Refusing entry to the list

If the committee intends not to include a barrister on the list, it will notify the applicant of its intention, outlining its reasons. It will then allow the applicant to provide written submissions addressing the reasons, within a set timeframe, before a decision is made.

The chair of the committee makes the final decision in the event that the committee cannot agree.

Where the chair decides to refuse entry, the chair will provide reasons for the decision in writing.

Review

Victoria Legal Aid does not offer a review of its decision to refuse entry.

However, if refused, an applicant may reapply six months later. This is intended to allow the applicant sufficient time to address the reasons, concerns and issues underpinning the refusal before reapplying.

Contact

If you would like more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Le
Preferred Barrister List co-ordinator
Email: PreferredBarristerList@vla.vic.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9269 5224