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Panels information

Legal Aid NSW is constantly striving to improve legal aid services provided to the community. A significant part of these services is the partnership between Legal Aid NSW and private lawyers.

Requirement to be appointed to a panel

Legal Aid NSW requires private lawyers (and in some cases barristers who directly represent clients) to be appointed to a panel in order to undertake legal aid work.

Lawyers recommended for appointment to a panel are required to enter into a service provision agreement (pdf 173KB) with Legal Aid NSW. Lawyers are expected to acknowledge their obligation to provide quality representation to their clients, to comply with Legal Aid NSW policies, guidelines and relevant practice standards and to properly discharge their responsibility to the court.

Information for panel lawyers

The Information for Panel Lawyers includes information about Legal Aid NSW policies and guidelines that panel lawyers must be familiar with, panel lawyer audits and grants of legal aid.

Legal aid assignments

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

Grants are allocated in accordance with Legal Aid NSW's Grants Allocation Guidelines [as amended].

Grants of legal aid will be assigned only to lawyers who have been appointed to a panel unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Current panels

The following panels are currently in operation:

General Panels

Specialist Panels

Panel enquiries

If you have any enquiries regarding a panel or the application process, please contact the Professional Practices Branch by e-mail at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on 02 9219 5662.