Supporting private practitioners delivering duty lawyer services

Supporting private practitioners delivering duty lawyer services

Monday, 7 June 2021

Private practitioners deliver critical duty lawyer services through Private Practitioner Duty Lawyer Schemes across the state. These services are essential to ensuring that Victorians with the most acute legal need have access to justice which is timely, high quality and effective.

We are rolling out a program of work to improve our delivery of Private Practitioner Duty Lawyer Schemes (PPDLS), led by our Legal Practice Directorate.

A key objective of this work is to assist practitioners to have clarity about the operation of the schemes and the requirements of practitioners, and for Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) to effectively support practitioners through our systems.

The outcomes of the planned work include:

  • regularised governance arrangements between practitioners and VLA for PPDLS across the state
  • consistent processes for joining schemes with transparent eligibility criteria, standards and expectations
  • simplified administrative processes to support the schemes, such as invoicing and record keeping
  • improved data collection to support evidence-based decision making.

These steps are necessary to ensure we continue to meet our statutory responsibility to ensure legal aid is provided in the most effective, efficient and economic manner.

We have started this work and expect it to continue into 2022. It may mean some changes to the way we ask practitioners to engage with us. We will keep you informed as the work progresses and welcome your feedback throughout this program.

More information

If you have questions or want to know more, you can contact Alicia Watkins, Senior Policy and Projects Officer, PPDLS at alicia.watkins@vla.vic.gov.au.

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