Table S – Expert reports and court attendances by psychologists and psychiatrists in criminal matters

Table S – Expert reports and court attendances by psychologists and psychiatrists in criminal matters

Table S sets out the fixed fees payable by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) for expert reports and court attendances by psychologists and psychiatrists in criminal matters.

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

Service provided Fee payable for psychologist Fee payable for psychiatrist
Assessment and report with jail conference $723 $813
Assessment and report without jail conference $634 $723
Treating expert report $405 $492
Supplementary report $355 $446

Evidentiary report to establish:

  • an evidentiary basis for a defence (for example, mental impairment, absence of intent)
    or
  • an evidentiary issue (for example, fitness to plead, a review or leave application).

Before the assisted person incurs the fee, there must be explicit factual material which confirms a reasonable expectation of an organic psychiatric condition.

$956 $956
Attendance at metropolitan court – half day, including travel $446 $544
Attendance at regional court – half day, including travel $634 $723
Non-attendance fee $73 $97

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