Information for lawyers

Getting the most out of our spend on psychologists and psychiatrists

Psychiatrists and psychologists are engaged from time to time to prepare expert reports for our clients, and to attend court to give evidence about their mental health.

As you may be aware, our Board has fixed fees for expert reports and court attendances by psychologists and psychiatrists in criminal matters. The fees are set out in Table S of the VLA Handbook.

Our new LawGuru site

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We have updated our LawGuru website.

LawGuru is an online resource for lawyers that was originally created for our staff. It provides legal information, updates on legislation, references, forms and resources to help clients.

Access to LawGuru

Victoria Legal Aid supports community legal centre (CLC) staff and panel practitioners by providing access to LawGuru. LawGuru provides legal information, updates on legislation, references, forms and resources to help lawyers support their clients.

Clerkship programs and graduate opportunities increase diversity in the legal sector

As a part of improving our service response to the communities we work with, we're improving employment opportunities at Victoria Legal Aid for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We offer both clerkship and graduate opportunities to law students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to encourage greater representation in the legal sector. ​​​

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