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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 so that they may be considered at the next Selection Committee meeting.

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

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

The Children's criminal law panel will be open for applications from 30 November 2015 to new applicants current panel members due for reappointment. Applications must be submitted by 12 February 2016.

This panel will apply to the following courts throughout NSW:

  • Children's Courts; and
  • Children's matters listed in the Local Court

In Children's Courts and Local Courts presided over by a specialist Children's Magistrate or the President of the Children's Court, lawyers must be appointed to the panel in order to be eligible to participate on duty rosters and receive assignments of legal aid.

Lawyers who represent children in criminal law matters listed in other Local Courts are encouraged to apply. Legal Aid NSW may, in appropriate circumstances, assign particular children's matters listed in those courts to a panel member.

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 have already submitted the New Applicants (Adults) application and you are 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

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.

Note that attendance at the 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

Specialist criminal law barrister panels

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