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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.

Good practice audit themes

We have identified five good practice themes from our panel lawyer audits during 2017. Adopting these good practices will enable all panel lawyers to confidently meet Legal Aid NSW audit requirements. More information can be viewed on the Key issues for panel lawyers page.

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 on the Panel application form availability and scheduling page.

New Indictable Criminal Law Panel open for applications

The Indictable Criminal Law Panel will be open for applications by solicitors from Friday, 17 November 2017. Current panel members on the General Criminal Law Panel (which will be renamed to the ‘Summary Criminal Law Panel’) and the Serious Criminal Law Panel (which will be renamed to the ‘Complex Criminal Law Solicitor Panel’) will need to apply for appointment to undertake work covered by this new panel.

Applications are due by 12 January 2018.

All relevant information about the panel is available on the Indictable Criminal Law Panel page.