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 $1182 3 $1182
First directions hearing 2 $788 2 $788
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $492 1.25 $492
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $788 2 $788
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $985 2.5 $985

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $3621 n/a $3621
Subsequent day n/a $2015 n/a $2015
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $595 n/a $595

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $4438 n/a $4438
Subsequent day n/a $3026 n/a $3026

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $2824 n/a $3640

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $788 2 $788
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $5634 n/a $6430
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $6760 n/a $7716
Subsequent day n/a $3026 n/a $3026
Plea hearing n/a $2425 n/a $2425
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $2015 n/a $2015
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $595 n/a $595
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $1182 3 $1182

Senior Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $648 3 $882
First directions hearing 2 $432 2 $588
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $270 1.25 $367
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $432 2 $588
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $540 2.5 $735

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1651 n/a $2253
Subsequent day n/a $576 n/a $903
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $323 n/a $443

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2250 n/a $3068
Subsequent day n/a $1234 n/a $1977

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $1215 n/a $1655

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $432 2 $588
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $2684 n/a $4261
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $3220 n/a $5113
Subsequent day n/a $1234 n/a $1977
Plea hearing n/a $996 n/a $1358
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $576 n/a $903
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $323 n/a $443
Conference with junior counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $648 3 $882

Junior Counsel

Post committal

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Post-committal negotiations 3 $402 3 $447
First directions hearing 2 $268 2 $298
Directions hearing/mention/callover 1.25 $167 1.25 $186
Defence response – first directions hearing 2 $268 2 $298
Application for discontinuance of proceedings 2.5 $335 2.5 $372

Plea fees

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $978 n/a $1255
Subsequent day n/a $452 n/a $663
Sentence (if on a different day) n/a $323 n/a $443

Special hearing

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1125 n/a $1500
Subsequent day n/a $680 n/a $983

Sentence indication

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Brief fee (includes conferences) n/a $703 n/a $1348

Trial

Service/proceeding County Court hours Fee payable Supreme Court hours Fee payable
Defence response – final directions hearing 2 $268 2 $298
Brief fee – first day (includes conferences) n/a $1263 n/a $2271
Brief fee – first day where 20% uplift applicable (includes conferences) n/a $1515 n/a $2725
Subsequent day n/a $680 n/a $983
Plea hearing n/a $567 n/a $793
Plea hearing – subsequent days n/a $452 n/a $663
Sentence (if on different day) n/a $323 n/a $443
Conference with senior/lead counsel (Trial Counsel Development Program only) 3 $402 3 $447

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