Practitioners must claim for the actual time spent on a matter, up to the maximum allowable.
Counsel preparation for trial (family law)
Counsel is entitled to the full amount of the preparation for trial grant if the brief was delivered to and accepted by counsel and preparation for trial was conducted.
Changing from solicitor and counsel to solicitor advocate
If a practitioner has been granted aid for trial preparation for solicitor and counsel and determines that they wish to proceed with the trial as solicitor advocate, the solicitor advocate trial preparation grant will only be issued if counsel was not briefed. In these instances, the assessing officer will cancel the solicitor and counsel grant and issue the solicitor advocate grant.
If counsel was briefed for trial and the solicitor proceeds with the trial as solicitor advocate the solicitor will only be entitled to the solicitor advocate rate for days of trial.
Practitioners may claim up to the entire sundries fee granted. The sundries fee includes all photocopying, phone calls, faxes and stamps. The fees provided are fixed. There are no exceptions for exceeding the sundries grant provided.
Specific disbursements such as subpoena fees or expert reports are subject to separate grants of aid (request separately).