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 this year. 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 $1161 3 $1161
First directions hearing 2 $774 2 $774
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $483 1.25 $483
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $774 2 $774
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $967 2.5 $967

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $3550 n/a $3550
Subsequent day n/a $1976 n/a $1976
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $584 n/a $584

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $4351 n/a $4351
Subsequent day n/a $2967 n/a $2967

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $2769 n/a $3569

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $774 2 $774
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $5524 n/a $6304
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $6628 n/a $7564
Subsequent day n/a $2967 n/a $2967
Plea hearing n/a $2378 n/a $2378
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $1976 n/a $1976
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $584 n/a $584
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $1161 3 $1161

Senior Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $636 3 $867
First directions hearing 2 $424 2 $578
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $265 1.25 $361
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $424 2 $578
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $530 2.5 $722

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1619 n/a $2209
Subsequent day n/a $565 n/a $886
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $317 n/a $435

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2206 n/a $3008
Subsequent day n/a $1210 n/a $1939

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $1192 n/a $1623

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $424 2 $578
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2632 n/a $4178
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $3158 n/a $5013
Subsequent day n/a $1210 n/a $1939
Plea hearing n/a $977 n/a $1332
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $565 n/a $886
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $317 n/a $435
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $636 3 $867

Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $396 3 $438
First directions hearing 2 $264 2 $292
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $165 1.25 $182
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $264 2 $292
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $330 2.5 $365

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $959 n/a $1231
Subsequent day n/a $444 n/a $650
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $317 n/a $435

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1103 n/a $1471
Subsequent day n/a $667 n/a $964

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $690 n/a $1322

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $264 2 $292
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1239 n/a $2227
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $1486 n/a $2672
Subsequent day n/a $667 n/a $964
Plea hearing n/a $556 n/a $778
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $444 n/a $650
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $317 n/a $435
Conference with senior/lead counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $396 3 $438

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