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Back up duty scheme

The Back Up Duty Scheme is not currently open for Expressions of Interest.

Notification will be sent to all Practitioners on the General Crimes Panel when Expressions of Interest are being accepted.

LEGAL AID BACK UP DUTY SCHEME

The Back Up Duty Scheme coordinates the involvement of private practitioners in criminal back-up duty and urgent case work in courts serviced by a Legal Aid NSW Office.

Salaried solicitors of Legal Aid NSW undertake the majority of duty and case matters at the courts covered by the Back Up Duty Scheme.

Practitioners appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme are eligible to be allocated duty back up work in circumstances where salaried solicitors of Legal Aid NSW are unable to meet the demand for services at a court covered by the Back Up Duty Scheme.

Practitioners allocated back up duty work in the Local Court appear for clients on behalf of Legal Aid NSW on their first appearance and for pleas of guilty, mentions, adjournments, Section 32 applications, annulment applications and bail applications (subject to a Means Test when applicable).

Practitioners appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme are also eligible to be allocated urgent case work including defended hearings and other matters requiring expenditure at Courts covered by the Back Up Duty Scheme.

Practitioners appointed to the Back Up Duty Scheme are also eligible to be allocated District Court sentence appeal matters that can be dealt with on a duty basis.

Please direct any queries regarding the Back Up Duty Scheme to backupduty@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or to Mark Rosalky, Project Officer, on (02) 9219 5012.