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 2017. 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 $1098 3 $1098
First directions hearing 2 $732 2 $732
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $457 1.25 $457
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $732 2 $732
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $915 2.5 $915
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $3346 n/a $3346
Subsequent day n/a $1863 n/a $1863
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $551 n/a $551
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $4101 n/a $4101
Subsequent day n/a $2796 n/a $2796
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $2610 n/a $3364
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $732 2 $732
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $5206 n/a $5942
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $6247 n/a $7130
Subsequent day n/a $2796 n/a $2796
Plea hearing n/a $2243 n/a $2243
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $1863 n/a $1863
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $551 n/a $551
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $1098 3 $1098

Senior Junior Counsel

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $600 3 $822
First directions hearing 2 $400 2 $548
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $250 1.25 $342
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $400 2 $548
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $500 2.5 $685
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1527 n/a $2083
Subsequent day n/a $534 n/a $836
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $299 n/a $411
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2080 n/a $2836
Subsequent day n/a $1142 n/a $1828
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences)   $1124 n/a $1531
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $400 2 $548
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2482 n/a $3938
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $2978 n/a $4725
Subsequent day n/a $1142 n/a $1828
Plea hearing n/a $922 n/a $1256
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $534 n/a $836
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $299 n/a $411
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $600 3 $822

Junior Counsel

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $378 3 $420
First directions hearing 2 $248 2 $280
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $155 1.25 $175
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $248 2 $280
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $310 2.5 $350
Plea fees        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $905 n/a $1161
Subsequent day n/a $420 n/a $614
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $299 n/a $411
Special hearing        
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1041 n/a $1388
Subsequent day n/a $630 n/a $909
Sentence indication        
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $651 n/a $1246
Trial        
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $248 2 $280
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1169 n/a $2100
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $1402 n/a $2520
Subsequent day n/a $630 n/a $909
Plea hearing n/a $525 n/a $734
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $420 n/a $614
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $299 n/a $411
Conference with senior/lead counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $372 3 $420

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