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Panel application form availability and selection committee scheduling

There is a separate online application form for each panel, setting out criteria that must be addressed. Panel applications must be submitted online through the Panels Application Website prior to the due date in order to be considered at the next scheduled Selection Committee meeting.

The online application form is generally not available to practitioners after the due date until a date determined by Legal Aid NSW.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, Legal Aid NSW will not accept applications from practitioners after the published due date and whilst a selection process is in progress.

Selection Committee meeting dates are subject to the availability of Committee members.

Panel Name Application Form Status Application Due Date Selection Committee Meeting
Summary Criminal Law (formerly General Criminal Law) Unavailable18 June 2018August 2018
General Family Law - Currently in review Unavailable To be advised To be advised
General Civil LawUnavailable To be advised To be advised
Indictable Criminal Law SolicitorAvailable from 18 June 201820 August 2018To be advised
Complex Criminal Law Solicitor (formerly Serious Criminal Law) - Currently in reviewUnavailableto be advisedTo be advised
Mental Health Advocacy Available from 2 July 2018 13 August 2018 September 2018
Care & Protection (Adults and Children) - Currently in reviewUnavailable To be advisedTo be advised
Children's Criminal Law Unavailable To be advised To be advised
Independent Children's LawyerUnavailable To be advised To be advised
Veterans' Law - Currently in review Unavailable To be advised To be advised
Indictable Criminal Law BarristerAvailable from 3 September 201824 September 2018October 2018
Complex Criminal Law BarristerClosed - Will reopen for applications in 2020 To be advised To be advised
Appellate Criminal Law Barrister Available from 24 August 2018 8 October 2018 November 2018
 Domestic Violence Unavailable To be advised To be advised

Reappointment to a panel

Lawyers are appointed to panels for 5 years. Panel lawyers must then apply for reappointment if they wish to continue to be appointed to a panel.

Legal Aid NSW contacts panel lawyers who are required to reapply advising them of the process and due date for applications for reappointment.

Generally panel lawyers who submit applications prior to the due date for applications for reappointment continue to be included on that panel’s list until the selection process has been completed (subject to any removal from that panel pursuant to the current service agreement).

Panel lawyers who do not submit their application by the due date for applications for reappointment will no longer be a member of that panel.

Panel lawyers can view their panel expiry dates using the Update Personal Details function in Grants Online.

Request to expedite a panel application

Requests for approval to expedite panel applications may be approved only if the following criteria are met:

1. All Applicants

1.1 Where Legal Aid NSW considers that there is a legal aid service delivery need due to a lack of lawyers available to undertake legally aided work in a region or for an area of practice, and/or

1.2 The applicant is replacing a panel lawyer who has left the firm.

2. Legal Aid Staff seeking to apply for appointment to panels

2.1 Where the above requirements for all applicants are met; or

2.2 The Legal Aid NSW in-house lawyer was continuously employed on an ongoing basis by Legal Aid NSW for a minimum of 5 years as a legal officer in the particular area of law; and

2.3 A written request for expedition of a panel application is made by an in-house lawyer to the Director Grants and their Practice Director prior to their departure from Legal Aid NSW or within 30 days after their departure from Legal Aid NSW and the request is approved.

Requests for approval to expedite a panel application must be made by e-mail to panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au with detailed submissions addressing the grounds on which the expedition is sought. Professional Practices staff will then advise whether or not the application will be expedited.

If expedition is approved the applicant must comply with all time frames and requests from Professional Practices for submitting their application for appointment to the panel. Failure to do so will mean the approval for expedition is withdrawn and the practitioner will need to apply for appointment to the panel in the usual manner.

Consideration of expedited panel applications is also subject to the availability of the Selection Committee.

All enquiries about panel applications or appointment expiry dates should be directed to Professional Practices Branch on (02) 9219 5662 or by email at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.