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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. Practitioners 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.

Information and Latest News

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.

Information on applying to a Panel

For lawyers interested in applying for appointment to a Legal Aid NSW Panel, go to:

Panel applications must be submitted through the Legal Aid NSW Panels Application website.

Before using the website, download and read the Quick Guide for Panels Application Website (pdf 620KB).

Panels open for applications

The Indictable Criminal Law and Mental Health Advocacy Panels are currently open for applications.

Applications for the Indictable Criminal Law Panel are due by 31 July 2018. All relevant information about the Indictable Criminal Law Panel is available on the Indictable criminal law panel webpage.

Applications for the Mental Health Advocacy Panel are due by 13 August 2018. The information package for the Mental Health Advocacy Panel is available on the Panel information packages webpage.

Important Practice Standards Updates

The Practice Standards for the Appellate Criminal Law Barrister Panel and for the Complex Criminal Law Solicitor Panel have been updated.

More information about the new requirements that barristers must comply with are available at the Appellate Criminal Law Barrister Panel Practice Standards Update webpage.

More details about the new requirements that solicitors must comply with are available at the Complex Criminal Law Solicitor Panel Practice Standards update webpage.