Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Table T – Counsel’s fees in Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act matters

Table T sets out counsel’s fees in Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997External Link matters payable by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA).

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

Court Service/proceeding Fee payable
County Court Appearance and conference $662
Supreme Court Appearance and conference $1259

These fees may be increased in matters involving application for:

  • a revocation of a supervision order
  • an order for review
  • a major review.
Service/proceeding County Court
hours
Fee payable Supreme Court
hours
Fee payable
Preparation 8
($176 per hour)
$1411 8
($280 per hour)
$2244
Appearance fee - first day
(includes conferences)
n/a $2791 n/a $4433
Appearance fee - subsequent day (s) n/a $1283 n/a $2056
Mention fee 1.25 $280 1.25 $380
Judgement n/a $335 n/a $460
Instructing - per hour
(up to a maximum of 5 hours per day)
1 $155 1 $280

Payment of fees

VLA does not pay counsel's accounts directly.

The assigned lawyer is responsible for lodging, administering and paying counsel's accounts and should ensure that all accounts are settled before closing and finalising the file and the grant.

Reviewed 31 December 2022