Criminal matter panels

There are seven panels relating to criminal matters. Information about what matters each panel covers, and the eligibility criteria to become a member, are set out below.

Practitioners applying for membership of the Murder, Sexual offences and Appeals panels must accept grants of aid given to adults and children.

These links will take you to the names of private practitioners who are currently members of each panel: 

Offences are allocated across the Crime panels based on jurisdiction, seriousness and offence type: Allocation of criminal matters by panel

Crime - Murder Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid in relation to charges of murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • 10 years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer
  • advanced criminal law experience in the Supreme Court
  • jury trial experience that involves both trial preparation and trial advocacy, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

Crime - Sex offences Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid in relation to sex offences.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • five years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer
  • advanced criminal law experience in the District Court and before the President of the Children’s Court
  • jury trial experience that involves both trial preparation and trial advocacy, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

Crime - Serious indictable Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to adults in relation to serious indictable offences that are not covered by the Murder and Sex offences panels.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • five years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer
  • a high level of criminal law experience in the Supreme and District Courts
  • jury trial experience that involves both trial preparation and trial advocacy, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

Crime - Magistrates Court and other indictable Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to adults in relation to charges in the Magistrates Court or other indictable offences not covered by the Murder, Sex offences and Serious Indictable panels.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • three years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer,* and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

* Practitioners with 2 - 3 years’ post-admission experience in criminal law will be considered for this panel if they have an approved supervisor in place.

Crime - Children’s Court Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid in relation to charges in the Children’s Court not covered by the Murder or Sex offences panels.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • three years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer*
  • criminal law experience in the Children’s Court
  • knowledge and understanding of the Young Offenders Act 1994 and Children’s Court of Western Australia Act 1988
  • the ability to communicate effectively with children
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients, and
  • completed Legal Aid WA's current Children's Court criminal law trainingRepresenting Children in Criminal Law Proceedings in the Children’s Court, in the 6 months before submitting their application. 

* Practitioners with 2 - 3 years’ post-admission experience in criminal law will be considered for this panel if they have an approved supervisor in place. Supervised practitioners will not be assigned matters that are to be dealt with before the President of the Children’s Court.

Crime - Appeals Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid in relation to appeals against conviction or sentence for all offence types.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • five years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer
  • knowledge of and experience in criminal matters in the Court of Appeal, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

Crime - Corruption and Crime Commission Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to assist current or former public officers involved in proceedings brought by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) or the Parliamentary Inspector of the CCC.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • five years’ post-admission experience as a criminal lawyer, and
  • a high level of experience before the CCC or another tribunal.

 

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Reviewed: 16 April 2018

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