Lawyers can be very expensive and that is why we charge a flat rate fee for most cases. This ensures that our fees are transparent so that there are no surprises.
Lawyers charge different rates for different court matters. The prices vary depending on the following factors:
- The experience of your solicitor/barrister
- The charges you face
- Which jurisdiction your case is listed (Magistrates, County or Supreme Court)
- How much preparation is involved (pages to read, conferences, negotiation with prosecutors, research, preparation of submissions)
- How many court appearances are required
- Whether expert evidence is required to be called (psychologists, doctors, etc)
Call Wilkinson Lawyers for a quick cases assessment. We can provide you a quote over the phone about your traffic or criminal law case. All we need to know is what you are charged with and whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty.
For simple matters that can be resolved at the first Court hearing, prices are typically between $1500-$2000. This includes all conferences with you, taking instructions and preparation of the plea in mitigation. This fixed fee covers one Court appearance and varies depending on the types of charges and how much material there is to review. For more serious charges, the fee will depend on how many Court appearances are required and how complex the matter is to research and prepare. To take the matter to a Not Guilty Contested Hearing, costs can vary between $2500-$4000, plus any disbursements.
For Intervention Order matters where you are the Respondent, the rate will depend on whether you are Contesting the Intervention Order and how many Court Appearances are required. Intervention Orders also typically require the preparation of Particulars for those who are contesting the order, so an additional preparation fee can be required, depending on how much material there is to review. Intervention Order matters start from around $1200 which includes all conferences with you, taking instructions and one appearance at Court. To take the matter to a Contested Hearing, costs can vary between $2000-$3000, plus any disbursements.
Generally speaking, the complexity of your case will determine the rate. Extra costs can occur if your case requires additional adjournments, lengthy legal research, watching hours of CCTV footage, expert witnesses, subpoenas and/or transcription of recordings.
Costs will be agreed between you and the Solicitor prior to any work being undertaken. Generally, fees do not need to be paid entirely upfront and can be spread out over a number of months, as your matter progresses.
For VOCAT cases, we do not charge our clients any fees. Our fees are covered by the Victims of Crime Tribunal if your application is successful.
We do not accept Victoria Legal Aid clients, but we can refer you to a qualified Solicitor who does take those cases.
We accept cash, direct deposit or credit card for the payment of fees.
Call us on 0468 364 121 for some free advice