Table A sets out the standard rate fees payable by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) in:
These fees are effective from 1 August 2012. For fees payable prior to this see Archived versions of the Handbook.
The fees contained in this fee schedule are lump sum fees and are GST inclusive.
|Service/proceeding||Fee for acting for single accused||Fee for acting for two accused||Fee for acting for three or more accused|
|Lump sum general preparation fee
Note: the lump sum preparation fee covers all necessary work.
|Lump sum preparation fee (urgent matter)
This fee applies in any matter where the request for aid is made no earlier than the day immediately preceding the substantive hearing or where the lawyer is otherwise in receipt of an urgent grant.
|Lump sum consolidated preparation fee||$452||$678||$904|
|Lump sum consolidated preparation fee (urgent matter)||$274||$411||$548|
|Transcribing of taped record of interview, if necessary||$84 per tape||$84 per tape||$84 per tape|
VLA will pay an appearance fee if, on the available evidence, the assisted person:
|$261 for each necessary appearance.||$392 for each necessary appearance.||$522 for each necessary appearance.|
VLA will pay for one necessary jail conference (including by way of video conference) with the accused person only:
|Contest hearing appearance if the matter does proceed as a contest||$714||$1072||$1428|
|Contest hearing appearance if the matter does not proceed as a contest||$510||$766||$1020|
|Daily appearance fee||$378||$568||$756|
|Daily appearance fee (consolidation)||$452||$678||$904|
|Appearance on sentence or adjournment||$251||$378||$502|
|Appearance on sentence or adjournment (consolidation)||$288||$432||$576|
|Group conference held during work hours (Children’s Court only)||$362||$544||$724|
|Group conference held outside work hours (Children’s Court only)||$463||$696||$926|
|Plea heard at contest mention – contest mention fee||$261||$392||$522|
|Plea heard at contest mention – plea fee||$251||$378||$502|
|Plea heard at contest mention – plea fee (consolidation)||$288||$432||$576|
|Court Integrated Services Program/Drug Court mention/Assessment and Referral Court||$146||$146||$146|
|Assessment and Referral Court – Individual Support Plan Ratification hearing||$261||$392||$522|
The general preparation fee covers:
VLA will only pay the general preparation fee once in a matter. Additional preparation fees are not available for summary crime matters.
Where a practitioner is in receipt of an urgent grant, the only preparation fee payable is the urgent grant fee in Table A. The general preparation fee in Table A is not payable for urgent grants.
VLA will pay $146 for one necessary jail conference with the accused, subject to the following:
Where a matter is listed for a contested hearing and does not proceed to contest, the fee of $510 in Table A applies.
Where the matter proceeds to a contested hearing, the fee of $714 in Table A applies for each day of the contested hearing.
Where an individual charge or charges to be negotiated qualify for assistance under the guidelines, VLA will pay for each necessary attendance at a contest mention if, either:
Where a practitioner appears in more that one contest mention for the same accused on the same day, only one contest mention fee is payable.
Where an accused is involved in a Court Integrated Services Program, VLA will pay for one necessary attendance, other than on final plea or sentence, where there is a prior indication that the accused is not complying with the program and the court is likely to take him/her off the program.
Where an accused has a matter in the Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) List, VLA will pay for a necessary attendance at a review hearing, other than on final plea or sentence, where there is a real and substantial risk that the accused is going to have their individual support plan cancelled or significantly varied.
VLA will not pay for any psychiatric, psychological or other reports for matters that are in the ARC List where such reports can be prepared by the services of the court.
Where there are two or more briefs that fall within the guidelines for assistance, and where those briefs are to be consolidated and heard together, the consolidation fees in Table A shall apply. A specific grant of aid for consolidation is required.
Where a practitioner acts for more than one accused in a matter, the fees relating to co-accused in Table A apply. These fees will be apportioned between the co-accused.
Where an advocate appears in a hearing which is more than 40 kilometres away from the advocate’s usual place of business, a travel fee of 71 cents per kilometres is payable for each kilometres of the return trip in excess of 80 kilometres.
A specific grant of assistance is required to incur any disbursement in Table S.
Requests to increase the fees in Table S, or for other disbursements not covered in Table S, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by those with the delegation to do so.
VLA will pay for reasonable interpreters fees without prior approval from VLA. A separate grant of aid is required before incurring translation fees.
Where an appointment has been made for an accused to attend upon an expert and the accused does not attend the appointment, the non-attendance fee in Table S is payable to the expert.
The fee for an evidentiary expert report is payable where an expert is engaged to establish an evidentiary basis for a defence or to establish an evidentiary fact.
A separate grant of aid is required before engaging an expert for an evidentiary report.
A separate grant of aid is required before engaging an expert for attend court to give evidence.
Where an accused is calling a witnesses to give evidence, a separate grant of aid is required for any costs associated with the witness’ attendance at court.
VLA will pay for service fees and associated conduct money without prior approval from VLA.