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Specialist criminal law barrister panels

The specialist criminal law barrister panels are established in accordance with the recommendations of the Trial Efficiency Working Group (TEWG) published by the Attorney General of NSW in April 2009. The TEWG was established by the Attorney General of NSW to identify the causes of the "unnecessary length of criminal trials". One of the recommendations was to consider, in consultation with the NSW Bar Association and Law Society of NSW, the creation of a panel of barristers to be briefed in District Court and Supreme Court trials of the kind that currently exists for Court of Criminal Appeal and High Court matters".

Specialist Barrister Panel (Complex Criminal Law)

Applications for this panel are not currently being accepted.

Information about briefing a panel barrister in complex criminal matters

Panel barristers are eligible to be briefed in the following legally aided matters:

  • All Supreme Court trials and pleas
  • Manslaughter trials and pleas
  • Matters where the trial is complex because of the nature of the charge or the defence or where significant case management is required. For example: sex slavery, fraud or money laundering charges where there are more than 30 counts and/or the total value is more than $500,000
  • Those trials involving a number of expert witnesses and identified by the trial judge as requiring significant case management pursuant to s.141 Criminal Procedure Act 1986
  • Where the trial length is estimated at 20 days or more
  • Where the brief of evidence is more than 5,000 pages
  • All terrorism matters
  • Where there are multiple complainants and/or multiple defendants in sexual assault trials

Panel barristers must be briefed in accordance with the Legal Aid NSW Grants Allocation Guidelines [as amended] unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Appointment to a panel does not confer an entitlement to work.

Panel barristers will be paid at the Complex Criminal Matters rate as notified from time to time and in accordance with Legal Aid NSW policy.

If you have any enquiries about briefing a barrister in complex criminal matters, please contact the Grants Crime Team at grants.crime@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9219 5999.

Specialist Barrister Panel (Criminal Appellate Matters)

Applications for this panel are not currently being accepted.

Information about briefing a panel barrister in criminal appellate matters

The panel applies to the following matters:

  • Provision of advises on the merit of appeals to the Supreme Court including the CCA and the High Court;
  • Preparation and conduct of appeals before the CCA and the High Court; 
  • Preparation and conduct of appeals to the Supreme Court;
  • Preparation of applications to review convictions and sentences pursuant to Part 7 and 8 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act.  

Panel barristers must be briefed in accordance with the Legal Aid NSW Grants Allocation Guidelines [as amended] unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Appointment to a panel does not confer an entitlement to work.

Panel barristers will be paid at the Criminal Appellate Matters rate as notified from time to time and in accordance with Legal Aid NSW policy.

If you have any enquiries about briefing a barrister in criminal appellate matters, please contact the Grants Crime Team on (02) 9219 5999 or by e-mail at grants.crime@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

Panel enquiries

If you have any enquiries about the specialist barrister panels, please contact the Professional Practices Branch at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on 02 9219 5662.