Victoria Legal Aid

Seeking and recovering costs in legal aid matters

Practitioners are reminded that it is a condition of a grant of legal assistance that costs are recovered wherever possible.

Unforseen circumstances (for example, court adjournments) entitle lawyers to recover or seek costs. Given the number of proceedings where grants of legal assistance exist, this can amount to substantial funds we can reallocate to additional client matters.

How to recover costs

To help you recover costs we have put together snapshots that cover how to seek and recover costs, including application and submission processes and links to Appeal Costs Board forms, legislation and cases:

Beware – there’s a time limit in appeal costs matters

A 12-month time limit applies so please submit your applications when billing and closing files to ensure a swift process.

Please note that Appeal Costs Fund Certificates can sometimes be submitted even before a matter has concluded (except in a re-trial).


If you have any queries or need more information on making cost applications please contact:

More information

Department of Justice – Legal practitioners application to the Appeal Costs BoardExternal Link

Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.

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Reviewed 25 January 2022