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 2019. For fees payable prior to this see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Senior Counsel

Post com​mittal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $1140 3 $1140
First directions hearing 2 $760 2 $760
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $475 1.25 $475
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $760 2 $760
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $950 2.5 $950

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $3481 n/a $3481
Subsequent day n/a $1938 n/a $1938
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $573 n/a $573

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $4266 n/a $4266
Subsequent day n/a $2909 n/a $2909

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $2715 n/a $3499

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $760 2 $760
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $5416 n/a $6181
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $6499 n/a $7417
Subsequent day n/a $2909 n/a $2909
Plea hearing n/a $2332 n/a $2332
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $1938 n/a $1938
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $573 n/a $573
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $1140 3 $1140

Senior Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $624 3 $852
First directions hearing 2 $416 2 $568
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $260 1.25 $355
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $416 2 $568
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $520 2.5 $710

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1588 n/a $2166
Subsequent day n/a $554 n/a $869
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $311 n/a $427

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2163 n/a $2949
Subsequent day n/a $1187 n/a $1901

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences)   $1169 n/a $1592

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $416 2 $568
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2581 n/a $4096
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $3097 n/a $4915
Subsequent day n/a $1187 n/a $1901
Plea hearing n/a $958 n/a $1306
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $554 n/a $869
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $311 n/a $427
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $624 3 $852

Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $390 3 $432
First directions hearing 2 $260 2 $288
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $162 1.25 $180
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $260 2 $288
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $325 2.5 $360

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $941 n/a $1207
Subsequent day n/a $436 n/a $638
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $311 n/a $427

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1082 n/a $1443
Subsequent day n/a $654 n/a $945

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $677 n/a $1296

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $260 2 $288
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1215 n/a $2184
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $1458 n/a $2621
Subsequent day n/a $654 n/a $945
Plea hearing n/a $545 n/a $763
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $436 n/a $638
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $311 n/a $427
Conference with senior/lead counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $390 3 $432

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