Briefing another lawyer
Who can I brief as an agent?
The Private Practitioner Manual has detailed information on who you can brief if you are unavailable to personally attend court.
Generally, you must brief a practitioner who is also on the panel for that type of matter.
If this is not possible, you can seek approval from Legal Aid WA to be able to instruct a non-panel member to appear. The request must be made using the relevant form below and be submitted with sufficient notice.
- Request for non-panel member to appear - Criminal matters
- Request for non-panel member to appear - Family matters
Instructions on how to submit the request to Legal Aid WA are included in the forms.
There are some exceptions in the criminal law jurisdiction where you can arrange for a non-panel member to appear without prior approval from Legal Aid WA. These exceptions are fully explained in the Private Practitioner Manual.
Reviewed: 17 April 2018