Information for lawyers

Survey results from our private practitioner survey

We invited our panel firms – past, present and future – to share their feedback about how our relationship is working currently – good and bad.

We asked our panel firms for feedback because we want to find better ways of working with practitioners who do legal aid work.

View the results: 2017 panel practitioner survey results (pdf, 1.1 MB)

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Important Federal Circuit Court of Australia ‘fast tracking’ matters announcement

Federal Circuit Court of Australia 'fast tracking' of final hearings listed between 1 February 2018 and 31 March 2018

The Melbourne Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) are addressing waiting times.

The FCC has advised that approximately 300 matters will be the focus of a case management call over in the week beginning 20 November. These matters have been sitting in the list for some time, and are listed for final hearing at the Melbourne registry of the FCC between the dates of 1 February 2018 and 31 March 2018.

Close your files within 30 days’ reminder

Closing files in ATLAS and managing risk

Our records show that currently thousands of panel practitioner files remain open, even when the matter may be legally finalised.

Not closing files efficiently creates poor practice management and could create:

  • further administrative cost to your firm
  • unnecessary terminations of legal assistance.

It is a panel condition to close your files within 30 days of the matter being legally finalised.

Prolonging cost order notifications brings no benefit

Keeping your invoice active for further claims

You can reduce your administrative work by letting us know if a cost order is awarded. By doing this you will save time on seeking further extensions of aid.

In practice, you need to tick the ‘cost indemnified’ box on your invoice to keep the invoice active for further claims.

What documents do you need to give us?

We require a copy of the costs order which must state:


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