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Panel information packages

Applicants should carefully consider all documents contained in a panel's information package before submitting an application.

Instructions for how to apply along with the link to the Panels Application web site can be found in the How to apply for appointment to a panel page.  

Panel applications must be submitted by the due date in the Panel Selection Committee Schedule so that they may be considered at the next Selection Committee meeting.

To view the documents in the information packages, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader pdf.

General civil law panel

General criminal law panel

Appointment to this panel excludes the specialist Children's Courts that are covered by the Children's criminal law panel.

Private lawyers must be appointed to the General criminal law panel to be eligible for inclusion on a Local Court Duty roster. Current Duty solicitor scheme guidelines apply.

General family law panel

Children's criminal law panel (at specialist children's courts)

The panel documents for the Children's criminal law panel are under review. The panel will reopen for applications when the revised documentation is completed. Applications for the panel cannot be submitted pending finalisation of this review. 

Care and protection panel (representing adults and children)

There are four online application forms for this panel. Please read the information below to ensure that you submit the correct application.

1. Reappointments (Adults and Children)

This application is only for current panel members appointed to act for adults and children who have been advised by Legal Aid NSW that they must apply for reappointment to the panel.

2. Reappointments (Adults)

This application is only for current panel members appointed to act for adults who have been advised by Legal Aid NSW that they must apply for reappointment to the panel.

3. New Applicants (Adults)

This application is only for new applicants seeking appointment to represent adults in care and protection matters. If you are seeking appointment to represent children as well, you will need to complete the New Applicants (Children) application form.

4. New Applicants (Children)

You should only complete this application if:

  • you are a new applicant and you have already submitted the New Applicants (Adults) application and also seeking appointment to represent children; or
  • you are currently appointed to the panel to act for adults and you are now seeking appointment to represent children; or   
  • you are currently appointed to the panel to act for adults and you have submitted the application for Reappointment (Adults) to continue acting for adults and you are now seeking appointment to also represent children.

Veterans' law panel

Independent children's lawyer (ICL) panel

The Independent Children's Lawyer Panel is open for applications from 17 October 2014 to new applicants and current panel members who have been advised by Legal Aid NSW to apply for reappointment. Applications must be submitted by 23 November 2014. 

Applicants to the ICL Panel must have completed the Independent Children's Lawyer Training Program facilitated by the Family Law Section of the Law Council.

ICL Information Sessions and CLE 

Legal Aid NSW will be providing three information sessions in Parramatta, Sydney and Newcastle for current ICLs and those who wish to make an application to be included on the ICL panel. This hour long session will address:

  • the revised application process
  • changes to the Practice Standards for ICLs
  • how to accept offers of ICL work
  • new resources for ICLs

As the Practice Standards require ICLs to complete at least three CLE each year specifically relevant to the practice of representing children Legal Aid NSW has arranged for further training to assist lawyers to satisfy this requirement. A full day seminar on "Social Science for Independent Children's Lawyers" will be held at Legal Aid NSW Head Office in Sydney on Wednesday 3 December 2014. This social science training will be facilitated by Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio and will provide in depth discussion and interactive training on:

  • mental health diagnoses of parents and their possible impact on parenting capacity in the family law context
  • mental health diagnoses of children and how they might influence parenting arrangements in the family law context

For further details and to register for these courses login to the Legal Aid NSW Learning Management System.

Note that attendance at the information sessions and CLE seminars will not satisfy the selection criterion requiring new applicants to have completed the Independent Children's Lawyer Training Program facilitated by the Family Law Section of the Law Council.

Serious criminal law panel

The Serious Criminal Law Panel is only open to solicitors to instruct a barrister. This is not a panel for solicitors to conduct matters as a solicitor advocate. A barrister may be briefed by a panel solicitor in appropriate matters subject to Legal Aid NSW policies and approval.

Note that lawyers who want to undertake work in the jurisdictions covered by the General criminal law panel will need to apply for appointment to that panel.

Mental health advocacy panel

The Mental Health Advocacy Panel is open for applications from 3 November 2014 to new applicants and current panel members who have been advised by Legal Aid NSW to apply for reappointment. Applications must be submitted by 17 December 2014.

Specialist criminal law barrister panels

Information about these panels can be viewed at the specialist criminal law barrister panel web page.