Family matter panels

There are four panels relating to family law matters. The eligibility criteria to become a member of each of the family matter panels are set out on this page.

Grants of aid to fund an Independent Children’s lawyer, Child Representative, or a Dispute Resolution Chairperson are allocated to practitioners from the relevant family matter lists.

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

Family Law Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to represent a party in a family law case, but not as the Independent Children’s Lawyer.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • three years’ post-admission experience as a family lawyer*
  • a high level of family advocacy and negotiations skills, including the ability and preparedness to conduct litigation up to and including trial
  • have completed Legal Aid WA's Dispute Resolution training in the 6 months before submitting their application,
  • knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of family and domestic violence, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

* Practitioners with 2 - 3 years’ post-admission family law experience will be considered for the Family Law Panel if they have an approved supervisor in place.

Protection and Care Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to represent a party in Protection and Care proceedings, but not as a Child Representative.

Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • meet the criteria for membership of the Family Law Panel
  • have completed Legal Aid WA's Protection and Care training in the 6 months before submitting their application, and
  • have child protection advocacy and negotiation skills, including the ability and preparedness to conduct litigation in protection matters, up to and including trial.

* Practitioners with 2 - 3 years’ post-admission family law experience will be considered for the Protection and Care Panel if they have an approved supervisor in place.

Dispute Resolution Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to represent a party involved in a dispute resolution conference (but not as Chairperson).

Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • have three years’ post-admission experience as a family lawyer
  • have completed Legal Aid WA's Dispute Resolution training in the 6 months before submitting their application, and
  • meet all of the other criteria for membership of the Family Law Panel.

Restraining Order Panel

Practitioners on this panel can be assigned grants of aid to represent a party in a restraining order application.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • three years’ post-admission experience as a family or criminal lawyer*
  • a high level of advocacy and negotiation skills, including the ability to conduct restraining order matters
  • a demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of family and domestic violence, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

* Practitioners with 2 – 3 years’ post-admission experience in family or criminal law will be considered for the Restraining Order Panel if they have an approved supervisor in place.

 

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Reviewed: 16 April 2018

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