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Panels, audit and practice standards

Legal Aid NSW Panels are established under section 50(1) of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW).

Practitioners must be appointed to a Panel before undertaking legally aided work unless exceptional circumstances exist.

Panel members sign a service agreement agreeing to comply with practice standards and Legal Aid NSW’s policies and guidelines. Practitoners compliance with the service agreement is monitored through an audit process.

In this area you will find everything you need to know about  panels, audit and practice standards. For example how to apply for appointment to a Panel, copies of panel practice standards and information about the audit process.

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Find out more about the Professional Practices Branch

This interactive online module explains the role of the Legal Aid NSW Professional Practices Branch.

Audit strategy for panel lawyers

The Audit strategy explains the areas that may be audited.

Panels Application Website

The Legal Aid NSW Panels Application website is available to private lawyers to submit applications for appointment to a panel.

Before using the website, download and read the Quick Guide for Panels Application Website (pdf 620KB).

Information about panel application form availability, due dates and selection committee scheduling can be viewed at the Panel application form availability and scheduling page.

General Crimnal Law and Family Law Panel Applications due by 4 September 2017

The General Criminal Law and General Family Law Panels are currently open for applications. Applications must be submitted via the  Panels Application website by 4 September 2017.

General Family is open to new applicants and applicants applying for reappointment. General Crime is open to new applicants only. More information is available on the Panel information packages page or by contacting Professional Practices at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.