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Practice Procedures and Directions

1. In-house criminal law practice directions

1.1. Introduction

1.1.1 Assigning matters to private legal practitioners

Legal Aid NSW can decide to allocate a legal matter to an in-house legal practitioner or assign it to a private legal practitioner under s12 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW)

Legal Aid NSW policy is that all criminal matters are to be conducted by in-house legal practitioners unless exceptional circumstances exist.

The Director Criminal Law Practice has authorised certain in-house legal practitioners to assign matters to private legal practitioners, including counsel and senior counsel.

1.1.2 Engaging psychologists and psychiatrists for criminal sentence matters

Legal Aid NSW policy is that psychiatrists and psychologists can only be engaged in criminal sentence matters in exceptional circumstances.

The Director, Criminal Law has authorised certain legal practitioners to engage a psychologist or psychiatrist for sentence matters.

Date Last Published: 23/04/2007