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Direct payment to barristers does not change tax liabilities

Independent advice to Victoria Legal Aid and the Law Institute of Victoria has confirmed that the new process of direct payment to barristers does not change tax liabilities.

In September 2013, we implemented changes to enable direct payments to barristers, once a private practitioner submits a claim through ATLAS and reassigns that claim to the barrister.

The new process is mandatory to ensure we can obtain complete and accurate information about those barristers who are briefed to appear for legally aided clients.

Child Protection Panel now open

Victoria Legal Aid is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified firms and practitioners to join our new Child Protection Panel, which replaces the Children’s Court (Family Division) Panel.

The new Child Protection Panel is opening as an exclusive panel, which means that firms and practitioners must be on the section 29A Child Protection Panel to be allocated grants for child protection matters.

Discussions continuing as part of Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials consultation

There will be further discussions with stakeholders in coming weeks as part of the Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials consultation.

The consultation is examining more than 50 options to improve the quality and efficiency of legally aided criminal trials.

Submissions made in response to our discussion paper closed in early March. Read the paper and submissions.

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