Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Table N – Lump sum fees for coronial inquests

Table N sets out the lump sum fees Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) will pay for a coronial inquest (civil).

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


Guideline 4.1

Fee payable

Guideline 4.2

Fee payable

The lump sum preparation fee covers the work involved in:

  • taking instructions
  • preparing and reading documents


(10 hours $171 per hour)

Appearance first day$1226$1226
Appearance at second and subsequent days of hearing$1105$1105
Appearance at mention or directions hearing$189$189
Judgement on separate day$305$305

*Additional preparation fees for counsel and solicitor will be assessed on a case-by- case basis in accordance with the principles applying to Payment of preparation fees to counsel and solicitor.

**Where counsel is required to prepare additional documents (e.g. submissions on evidence additional fees payable at the hourly rate may be allowed.)

Reviewed 31 December 2023