Briefing another lawyer

If you are assigned a grant of aid and are unavailable for a court appearance, it is possible for you to instruct another lawyer to appear. You must follow the provisions in the Private Practitioner Manual about briefing an agent.

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.

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

Read our Private Practitioner Manual

All lawyers doing work on behalf of Legal Aid WA must comply with the Manual.


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