New fees payable in COVID-19 and other criminal hearings

New fees payable in COVID-19 and other criminal hearings

Friday, 4 September 2020

We have introduced new fees as a result of COVID-19 and the court’s response to the pandemic. 

County Court Emergency case management model

Phase 1 matters

Case conference fees the case conference fee is determined by how the hearing eventuated. For example, if a resolution discussion hearing becomes a sentence indication then the sentence indication fee applies. As the practitioners may not know what aid is needed prior to the hearing, retrospective applications can be made.

Hearing/activity

Fee

How to apply

Application to be considered for Emergency Case Management

$424

Special disbursement

Resolution discussions

$1060 (total)

$636 - Preparation

$424 - Application

Special disbursement

Sentence indication

$1192

Payable under trial grant (Table F)

Pre-recording/pre-trial examination

Pre-trial examination:

$835 - Preparation (5 hours @ $167 p/hr)

$1210 - Pre-trial examination (subsequent day trial fee)

Special disbursement

Phases 2 to 5 matters

Case conference fees

There will be a single Case Conference fee that applies regardless of what takes place at the hearing (.i.e. if resolution discussions, or a sentence indication, or pre-trial occur the single case conference fee will apply.

Hearing/activity

Fee

How to apply

Application to be considered for Emergency Case Management

$424

Extension on trial grant

Instructor’s preparation for Case Conference

$636

Extension on trial grant

Counsel/Advocate’s preparation for Case Conference

$1422

Extension on trial grant

Appearance at Case Conference

$1210

Extension on trial grant

Instructing – per hour (max five hours per day)

$146

Extension on trial grant

Judge alone trials

Hearing/activity

Fee

How to apply

Written submissions supporting application

$795 Supreme Court and County Court

Special disbursement

Hearing to discuss application

$424 - County Court)

$578 - Supreme Court

Special disbursement

Supreme Court alternative process for homicides

Hearing/activity

Fee

How to apply

Application to cross-examine witnesses

$795

Fee payable under contested committal grant.

If committal is not aided, special disbursement

Appearance where witnesses are cross-examined

$1939 per day

Special disbursement

Magistrates Court of Victoria Practice Direction 17 of 2020

Hearing/activity

Fee

How to apply

Block special mention

$165

Fee payable under summary grant. If special mention fee is not available, special disbursement.

More information

Read about other changes to our services due to COVID-19

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