Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Table ZZ – Hourly rates for counsel’s preparation fees and conferences in indictable criminal trials

Table ZZ sets out the hourly rates to be used in the calculation of the preparation fees, conference fees and fees payable to counsel and instructors in criminal trials. Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) pays preparation fees to trial counsel only. No preparation fees are available for junior or co-counsel.

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

Counsel/instructor Magistrates’, Children’s and Coroner’s courts County Court Supreme and High courts
Senior Counsel $409 per hour $409 per hour $409 per hour
Counsel $168 per hour $224 per hour $305per hour
Solicitor $168 per hour $176 per hour $280 per hour

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

Reviewed 31 December 2022