Criminal law fees due to COVID-19

Criminal law fees due to COVID-19

We have introduced new fees as a result of COVID-19 and the court’s response to the pandemic.

County Court Emergency case management model

Phase 1 matters

Case conference fees the case conference fee is determined by how the hearing eventuated. For example, if a resolution discussion hearing becomes a sentence indication then the sentence indication fee applies. As the practitioners may not know what aid is needed prior to the hearing, retrospective applications can be made.

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Application to be considered for Emergency Case Management $424 Special disbursement
Resolution discussions

$1060 (total)

$636 – Preparation

$424 – Application

Special disbursement
Sentence indication $1192 Payable under trial grant (Table F)
Pre-recording/pre-trial examination

Pre-trial examination:

$835 – Preparation (five hours at $167 p/hr)

$1210 – Pre-trial examination (subsequent day trial fee)

Special disbursement

Phases 2 to 5 matters

Case conference fees

There will be a single Case Conference fee that applies regardless of what takes place at the hearing (.i.e. if resolution discussions, or a sentence indication, or pre-trial occur the single case conference fee will apply.

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Application to be considered for Emergency Case Management $424 Extension on trial grant
Instructor’s preparation for Case Conference $636 Extension on trial grant
Counsel/Advocate’s preparation for Case Conference $1422 Extension on trial grant
Appearance at Case Conference $1210 Extension on trial grant
Instructing – per hour (max five hours per day) $146 Extension on trial grant

Judge alone trials

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Written submissions supporting application $795 Supreme Court and County Court Special disbursement
Hearing to discuss application

$424 – County Court

$578 – Supreme Court

Special disbursement

Supreme Court alternative process for homicides

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Application to cross-examine witnesses $795

Fee payable under contested committal grant.

If committal is not aided, special disbursement

Appearance where witnesses are cross-examined $1939 per day Special disbursement

Court of Appeal

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Court of Appeal judgements via email or Appearance $435 Payable under Court of Appeal Grant (Table K)

Magistrates Court of Victoria Practice Direction 17 of 2020

Hearing/activity Fee How to apply
Block special mention $165 Fee payable under summary grant. If special mention fee is not available, special disbursement.

More information

Read about other changes to our services due to COVID-19

Contact grants@vla.vic.gov.au for more information.

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