Victoria Legal Aid

Lodging of Appeals Costs Certificate is responsibility of practitioner

Practitioners are reminded to lodge Appeal Costs Certificates directly with the Appeal Costs Board to ensure compliance with our Practice Standards.

Tuesday 13 June 2023 2:22am

Practitioners are reminded to lodge Appeal Costs Certificates directly with the Appeal Costs Board (ACB) to ensure compliance with our Practice StandardsExternal Link .

Our Practice Standard 3.2 sets out the responsibilities of a practitioner conducting legal aid work. The standard states that a practitioner ‘seek costs certificates or costs orders where appropriate, and where applicable, make any application to the Appeal Costs Board to recover costs.’

There are many criminal matters where Appeal Costs Certificates are ordered, and costs can be recovered. This most commonly occurs for adjournments (s17 Appeal Costs Act 1998 (Vic), and we often receive requests from practitioners to lodge these certificates with the ACB.

If you are unsure of the process for lodging certificates with the ACB, and what you must provide to us, please see Guide to Lodging Appeals Costs CertificatesExternal Link .

If you have any problems lodging your certificates or have any questions regarding this process, please email CostRecovery@vla.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 29 November 2023