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Appellate criminal law barrister panel

The panel is currently closed.

Briefing a panel barrister in criminal appellate matters

The panel applies to the following matters:

  • Provision of advices 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.

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

The policy requiring solicitors to instruct Public Defenders, if available, will continue to apply.

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

The details of panel barristers will be included in the published list of barristers (Grants Online login required to access the list). Solicitors will select barristers from the published list for briefing in matters covered by the panel.

In appropriate matters and with prior approval, Senior Counsel may be briefed in matters covered by the panel.

For more information about Legal Aid policies, guidelines, relevant forms and papers/legal research in relation to appellate matters, go to the CCA practice resources webpage.

Fee rates

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 the panel, please contact the Professional Practices by e-mail at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on 02 9219 5662.

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