Table M – Guide to fees for counsel in criminal trials

Table M – Guide to fees for counsel in criminal trials

Table M sets out the fees in criminal trials for the Trial Counsel Development Program and where Senior Counsel is briefed as trial counsel.

These fees are effective from 1 January 2018. For fees payable prior to this see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Senior Counsel

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $1119 3 $1119
First directions hearing 2 $746 2 $746
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $466 1.25 $466
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $746 2 $746
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $932 2.5 $932
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $3413 n/a $3413
Subsequent day n/a $1900 n/a $1900
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $562 n/a $562
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $4183 n/a $4183
Subsequent day n/a $2852 n/a $2852
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $2662 n/a $3431
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $746 2 $746
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $5310 n/a $6060
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $6372 n/a $7272
Subsequent day n/a $2852 n/a $2852
Plea hearing n/a $2287 n/a $2287
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $1900 n/a $1900
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $562 n/a $562
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $1119 3 $1119

Senior Junior Counsel

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $612 3 $837
First directions hearing 2 $408 2 $558
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $255 1.25 $348
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $408 2 $558
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $510 2.5 $697
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1557 n/a $2124
Subsequent day n/a $544 n/a $852
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $305 n/a $419
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2121 n/a $2892
Subsequent day n/a $1164 n/a $1864
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences)   $1146 n/a $1561
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $408 2 $558
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2531 n/a $4016
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $3037 n/a $4819
Subsequent day n/a $1164 n/a $1864
Plea hearing n/a $940 n/a $1281
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $544 n/a $852
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $305 n/a $419
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $612 3 $837

Junior Counsel

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $384 3 $426
First directions hearing 2 $256 2 $284
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $160 1.25 $177
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $256 2 $284
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $320 2.5 $355
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $923 n/a $1184
Subsequent day n/a $428 n/a $626
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $305 n/a $419
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1061 n/a $1415
Subsequent day n/a $642 n/a $927
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $664 n/a $1271
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $256 2 $284
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1192 n/a $2142
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $1430 n/a $2570
Subsequent day n/a $642 n/a $927
Plea hearing n/a $535 n/a $748
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $428 n/a $626
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $305 n/a $419
Conference with senior/lead counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $384 3 $426

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