Victoria Legal Aid

If a member of the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List no longer meets the entry requirements and assessment guidelines, including the criminal trial advocacy competencies, they may be liable for suspension or removal.

For example, a member may be subject to the suspension or removal procedure if they:

  • fail to demonstrate an acceptable level of expertise in criminal trial advocacy
  • fail to conduct practice professionally or appropriately
  • no longer hold a current practicing certificate or an Indictable Crime Certificate
  • are involved in misconduct.

Members can also request that they be removed from the list.


The process for suspension or removal is outlined in the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List suspension and removal procedure (docx, 201.74 KB)

The Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List Selection Committee will consider all suspensions and removals, however the final decisions to suspend or remove a member rests with the Chair.

Affected members will be issued with a ‘notice of intention to remove or suspend’ which will include reasons for the proposed suspension or removal. Members issued with a notice will be given up to 28 days to respond. The Selection Committee will consider the member’s response prior to making a final recommendation to the chair.

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Reviewed 25 January 2022