Counsel’s fees – trial costs

Counsel’s fees – trial costs

This fee schedule is effective from 1 January 2017. For fee schedules prior to 1 January 2017, see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Counsel’s fees are only payable at Stages 3, 4 and 5, otherwise counsel’s fees are to be paid out of the lump sum. Circuit fees (where applicable) pursuant to Fee Schedule 3 are also payable. Counsel’s fees are not payable where matter is in the list but not reached.

Stage 4

The table below shows the lump sum payable to counsel for trial costs in the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

Service/proceedings Non-section 29A panel lump sum Section 29A panel lump sum
Conference (3 hours maximum) $209 per hour $209 per hour
Daily fee $1489 $1489
Take judgment $209 $209

Stage 5

The table below shows the lump sum payable to counsel for appeals in the Family Court.

Service/proceedings Non-section 29A panel lump sum Section 29A panel lump sum
Appeal to single judge $1157 $1157
Conference (1 hour) $209 $209
Appeal to full court $1489 $1489
Conference (1 hour) $209 $209

Practitioners can claim these fees using ATLAS or submitting a tax invoice.