Prior approval must be sought from Legal Aid Queensland if the service provider (other than counsel briefed for circuit work) is required to travel and stay overnight in order to fulfil court commitments.
Where counsel is briefed for circuit work, no prior approval is required for counsel to stay overnight and claim travel and accommodation expenses where it is reasonable to expect counsel to stay overnight in order to fulfil court commitments.
Where the service provider is required to stay overnight reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be paid. The standard rates payable for accommodation are detailed in the scale of fees and are for reimbursement of the cost of accommodation including meals.
This grant of aid is only claimable if accommodation costs are incurred.
In exceptional circumstances service providers may seek approval from Legal Aid Queensland to claim the actual cost of accommodation and meals (‘actuals’) rather than the standard accommodation rate.
Counsel briefed for circuit work can either claim the standard accommodation rate or for the actual cost of accommodation and meals (‘actuals’).
Copies of all receipts must be attached to and submitted with the electronic proforma invoice.
Last updated 7 December 2015
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