Application to disqualify someone who is not a lawyer

The Legal Services Board can apply to VCAT to disqualify someone who has been convicted of a serious offence, is not a fit and proper person or is otherwise unsuitable to work in a legal office. 'Fit and proper' is a legal term that incorporates such things as honesty, knowledge, ability and character.

A disqualified person must not be employed by any legal practitioner unless the Victorian Legal Services Board gives its approval.

Apply to have order revoked

Someone who has been disqualified indefinitely has the right to apply to VCAT to have the order revoked. Use theĀ Application for order form.

Need help with your application?

VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. The following services may be able to help you:

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

If you want to be represented by a lawyer or have some other professional representation at the final hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. tell the member Definition A person who hears and decides cases at VCAT. Some members are specialists in particular areas of law. at the directions hearing Definition A directions hearing is a hearing where a VCAT member decides how a case should be managed and how much time it will take.   .

The VCAT member who conducts the final hearing grants or refuses permission for you to be represented.

Find free or low-cost legal services that may be able to assist you.

Access and privacy

VCAT hearings and files are usually public.

VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality. For more about applying for confidentiality.