Indictable Crime Panel now open

Indictable Crime Panel now open

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Pursuant to section 29A of the Legal Aid Act 1978 (Vic), Victoria Legal Aid intends to appoint a new Indictable Crime Panel.

This new Indictable Crime Panel now includes a specialised Youth Crime Subset.

We invite expressions of interests from suitably qualified firms and practitioners.

Current Indictable Crime Panel members must apply by 30 November 2013 to be deemed interim members of the new panel, pending an assessment process.

Firms and practitioners seeking inclusion on the s29A Indictable Crime Panel for the first time can apply at any time, as the panel will be continuously open to applications.

Director of Legal Practice Meagan Keogh said: ‘Following on from the opening of the Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) Panel last month, we are pleased to be opening the Indictable Crime Panel as part of our extensive review of Victoria Legal Aid’s section 29A and section 30 panels.

‘As with the ICL Panel, the project team has worked in consultation with the legal sector to develop clear, quality-focussed panel entry requirements, which set out the skills and capacity necessary to demonstrate breadth and depth of experience and the quality of work done, for legal aid indictable and youth crime work.

‘We are committed to increasing the focus on quality and to ensuring that quality legal aid services continue to be delivered to clients.’

Applicants are directed to Opening of the Indictable Crime Panel for details about the application process, eligibility criteria including qualifications and experience as well as information about timelines, the period of appointment, basis of payment, performance standards, reports and record keeping and grounds for removal. 

More information

For more information contact Panels Coordinator, Andrew Morse, on (03) 9269 0644 or panels@vla.vic.gov.au.

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