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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

The General Criminal Law Panel is open for applications from 15 September 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 12 October 2014.  

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 panel documents for the ICL 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.

Applicants to the ICL Panel must have completed the Independent Children's Lawyer Training Program. Selection Committee meetings will be scheduled sometime after the NSW training program.

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.

Please note that lawyers wishing to undertake work in the jurisdictions covered by the General criminal law panel will need to apply to that panel.

Mental health advocacy panel

The panel documents for the Mental health advocacy 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.

Specialist criminal law barrister panels

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