Victoria Legal Aid

Indictable Crime Panel members are able to apply to Victoria Legal Aid for an exception to brief a barrister who is not on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barristers List for standard criminal trials. Major criminal trials may be eligible for exceptions to briefing from the Preferred Barrister List in exceptional circumstances. Major criminal trials are defined as trials that are likely to last more than 15 days.

Barristers themselves are not permitted to apply for an exception.

Practitioners should refer to the Notes on Criminal Law Guideline 4.1, Trials in the County and Supreme CourtsExternal Link for the exception application process.

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Reviewed 17 October 2022