ATLAS updates and support

ATLAS updates and support

ATLAS is our online system for practitioners to lodge and track legal aid applications. All applications for grants of legal assistance, extensions of assistance and claims must be submitted via ALTAS.

Changes to the reflect the requirements of the Major Criminal Cases Framework

From 1 February 2016, the following will be updated to reflect the requirements under the Major Criminal Cases Framework:

  • Simplified Process – Committal Mention and/or plea in the County Court application form
  • Simplified Process – Committal Mention and/or plea in the Supreme Court application form
  • Simplified Process – Indictable Crime – Trial application form
  • Submit Correspondence menu item
  • File Outcome menu item.

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Family lawyers encouraged to apply for their clients under new guidelines

Family law guideline changes, flagged as a result of our Family Law Legal Aid Services Review, came into effect on 30 October.

We are encouraging lawyers to familiarise themselves with the new guidelines and consider how they could be applied to help their clients, particularly some who may have previously been ineligible or funded for a less intensive service under the previous guidelines.

Read more to find out what you need to do if you are uncertain whether your client is eligible.

Changes to the 'Simplified Process – Indictable Crime – Trial' template

From 31 July 2015, the 'Simplified Process – Indictable Crime – Trial' template will be updated to reflect the requirement that practitioners must only brief a barrister on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List, unless an exception is granted in advance.

The updated template will require practitioners to indicate who they intend to brief for the criminal trial and allow practitioners to request an exception to brief a barrister/s who is not on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List. 

Exceptions to briefing a preferred barrister will not be granted for major criminal trial (a criminal trial that is likely to last more than 15 days). 

Note: transitional arrangements apply from 31 July 2015 to 30 September 2015. 

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Contact us

Assignments Unit
Email: atlashelpdesk@vla.vic.gov.au.
Phone: 9269 0600 between 8.45 am and 5.15 pm weekdays