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Panel applications

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

We expect the new panel process will go live and applications open on 1 February 2021. 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 LawyerClosed
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 are at the discretion of Legal Aid NSW and only in the following circumstances:

Replacing a panel lawyer

  • Where a panel member had a large practice of legally aided matters assigned to them and recently left the law practice; and
  • no other practitioner in the law practice can do the work

Requests to apply to a closed panel must be made by e-mail to panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au with a concise submission addressing the above criteria. Professional Practices staff will then assess the request and advise whether or not the request has been approved.

Practitioners accepted for appointment to a panel must execute an online service provision agreement in order to activate their appointment. Failure to do so or comply with any other request from Professional Practices may result in the approval being withdrawn. An e-mail confirming you have successfully executed the service agreement will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

There is no right of review or appeal against the decision of Legal Aid NSW to refuse an appointment to a panel.

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.