Table RR – Counsel’s circuit fees

Table RR – Counsel’s circuit fees

Table RR sets out the circuit fees payable to counsel for appearances in criminal trials in the Supreme Court or in the County Court of the gazetted circuit towns. The circuit fees which apply to pleas are contained in Table NN.

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

Each circuit fee in Table RR applies to each five days, or part of each five days, of a trial. If the trial lasts longer than five sitting days, then an additional circuit fee is payable.

If a trial is interrupted by a weekend or by some other cause, then the circuit fee is payable only for each five sitting days of the court.

If counsel or a lawyer advocate appears in a number of matters during any five-day period, then one circuit fee only is payable. Counsel or the lawyer advocate must share that one circuit fee equally between or among each of the matters.

If counsel or a lawyer advocate must stay overnight in the circuit town, then the overnight fee in Table NN is also payable for:

  • accommodation
  • meals
  • sundry expenses.
Gazetted circuit town Circuit/appearance fee for each 5-day period or part of trial
Ararat $675
Bairnsdale $1013
Ballarat $337
Bendigo $507
Colac $507
Geelong $170
Hamilton $1013
Horsham $1099
Kerang $1013
Korumburra $337
Mildura $1305
Morwell $507
Sale $760
Shepparton $591
Wangaratta $845
Warragul $337
Warrnambool $929
Wodonga $1099

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