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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.

Domestic Violence Panel open for applications

The Domestic Violence Panel will be open for applications by practitioners in private practice (solicitors & barristers) from Monday, 19 December 2016. All current panel members will also need to reapply. Applications are due by 20 February 2017.

All relevant information is contained in a new DV Panel Web Page located on the Legal Aid NSW web site under For Lawyers at Panels, audit and practice standards.