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Panel applications

Legal Aid NSW is currently redeveloping its panel application procedures to improve, streamline and simplify the process for private lawyers applying. Whilst these improvements are being developed, our panel applications will remain closed.

Updates on the new arrangements will be advertised from time to time in the monthly Legal Aid News and/or the Law Society's Monday Briefs or the Bar Association's InBrief.

Panel Name Panel Applications
Summary Criminal Law (formerly General Criminal Law) Closed
General Family Law  Closed
General Civil LawClosed
Indictable Criminal Law SolicitorClosed
Complex Criminal Law Solicitor (formerly Serious Criminal Law) Closed
Mental Health Advocacy Closed
Care & Protection (Adults and Children)Closed
Children's Criminal Law Closed
Independent Children's LawyerOpen
Veterans' Law Closed
Indictable Criminal Law BarristerClosed
Complex Criminal Law BarristerClosed
Appellate Criminal Law Barrister Closed
Domestic ViolenceClosed

Requests to apply to a closed panel

Requests to apply to a closed panel on the following grounds may be considered however only at the discretion of Legal Aid NSW.

1. Where there is a service delivery need

Where Legal Aid NSW considers there is a service delivery need due to a lack of lawyers available to undertake legally aided work in a region, or for the area of practice to which the request relates.

2. Replacing a panel lawyer

Where a service delivery need is identified by Legal Aid NSW; and the applicant is replacing a panel lawyer who has recently left the firm.

3. Former Legal Aid NSW lawyer

Where a service delivery need is identified by Legal Aid NSW; and the applicant satisfies the following criteria as a former Legal Aid lawyer:

i. The lawyer was continuously employed by Legal Aid NSW as a Legal Officer in the particular area of law to which they seek appointment; and

ii. Their employment in that role was ongoing for a minimum of 5 years; and

iii. Approval in writing is obtained by their Practice Director and the Director Grants prior to their departure, or within 30 days of their departure from Legal Aid NSW, and provided to the Professional Practices branch.

Requests to apply to a closed panel must be made by e-mail to panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au with detailed submissions addressing the grounds on which the request is sought. Professional Practices staff will then assess the request and advise whether or not the request has been approved. If 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 may result in the approval being withdrawn.

Further information

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