Stage 3 – trial costs for ICLs

Stage 3 – trial costs for ICLs

Under a Stage 3 grant, fees are available (where applicable) to an independent children's lawyer (ICL):

This fee table is effective from 1 January this year. For fees prior to this, see Archived versions of the Handbook.

For more information, see Preparation for trials and trial costs – ICLs (FCC and FCA).

Stage 3A – trial costs for ICLs

Under a stage 3A grant, fees are available (where applicable) to an independent children's lawyer:

Service/proceedings Court Fee
Defended daily fee Federal family courts $1579 (see table note)
Conference (2 hour maximum at $221 per hour) Federal family courts up to $442
Take judgment Federal family courts $221

Table note: In matters appearing in the Less Adversarial Trial stream, if the first day of trial is run as a directions hearing and no evidence is taken, the appropriate appearance fee is $598, and not the defended daily fee of $1579 listed.

Entitlements and conditions

  • The stage 3A grant is a broadband grant.
  • The defended daily fee, conference fee and take judgment fee are available where the ICL appears as solicitor advocate.
  • The fee for taking judgment is available where the appearance is required on a separate day to receive the judgment.