Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Table K(ii) sets out the fees payable by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) in an interlocutory appeal.

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

The fees set out in this table cover all necessary work. VLA will not pay for:

  • lawyer to instruct
  • conferences with counsel.
Service/proceedingHoursFee payable

The lump sum fee covers the work involved by the lawyer in:

  • obtaining instructions
  • preparing any necessary documentation
  • correspondence
  • perusing documents.
Counsel preparation including submissions2$622
Application for leave to appeal
(If heard on a separate day to the interlocutory appeal/review of trial judge’s decision
to refuse certification.)
Interlocutory appeal before Court of Appealn/a$2166
Appearance fee – subsequent day(s)n/a$1443 per day or part day

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

Appeals costs fund certificate

Counsel appearing for the accused in an interlocutory appeal relating to a State prosecution must make an application to the Court of Appeal pursuant to the Appeal Costs Act 1998External Link if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • an interlocutory appeal by the accused is successful
  • the accused is a respondent to an interlocutory appeal by the prosecution
  • the court reserves a question of law for determination by the Court of Appeal pursuant to s. 305 of the Act.


Where a trial is adjourned for a brief period pending the hearing of an interlocutory appeal, VLA will pay up to three non-hearing trial days at the subsequent day fee in Table F.

Additional preparation/reading fees

Additional preparation fees for interlocutory appeals may be approved where the preparation is essential in accordance with the principles applying to payment of preparation fees to counsel.

Reviewed 31 December 2023