We are responsible for providing grants of legal assistance to clients who meet the required criteria. We assign clients' matters to both Victoria Legal Aid lawyers and private practitioners.
Section 29A panels
We have established six specialist panels pursuant to section 29A of the Legal Aid Act 1978. Membership is by firm for a specialist panel and by individual practitioner to the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel.
Members of the section 29A panels can be found in our directory of firms doing legal aid work.
The Child Protection Panel covers matters undertaken in the Family Division of the Children’s Court.
The Family Law Panel covers family dispute resolution matters, family law litigation matters (including financial support and maintenance), appeals in family law or child support matters and international child abduction matters.
The Family Violence Panel covers family violence (and personal safety) intervention order matters that are heard and determined in the Magistrates’ Court or Children’s Court (Family Division), and County Court appeals.
The Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel covers legally aided independent children’s lawyer matters.
The Indictable Crime Panel covers committal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court, trials and pleas in the County and Supreme courts, and appeals of criminal matters to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the High Court. This panel includes an optional Youth Crime Subset.
The Summary Crime Panel covers Magistrates’ Court matters including summary criminal offences and indictable offences that can be heard summarily, bail applications in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court, and County Court appeals. This panel includes an optional Youth Crime Subset.
The terms and conditions and for approved panel members and individual panel certifiers assist practitioners meet the standards expected by Victoria Legal Aid in undertaking legally aided matters.
Read more about our Section 29A panels conditions.
Section 30 general referral panel
The section 30 general referral panel is Victoria Legal Aid’s panel established under section 30 of the Legal Aid Act.
Quality service initiatives
Victoria Legal Aid has implemented a number of initiatives to support high-quality legal services for legally aided clients. Our quality audits, compliance and practice standards are informed by our strategic direction. We are committed to matching services to the needs and abilities of our clients, and to improving, innovating and reforming practices to provide better services to clients.
We have consulted with stakeholders, including the public, to examine options for improving the quality of legally aided criminal trials in Victoria. Quality service initiatives include:
- the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List in July 2015
- the quality tools for brief analysis, case strategy and handover to counsel
- a brief analysis and case strategy fee in January 2015.
For more information about our panels, please contact:
Phone: (03) 9606 5264