Review a VLSC decision imposing compensation or disciplinary orders

Lawyers may apply to VCAT to review compensation and disciplinary orders such as fines imposed on them by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

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.

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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.

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can review a decision by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner to impose compensation orders or fines on a lawyer under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

We can only review the decision when the application is made by the lawyer.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

We cannot hear a review application brought by the client of the lawyer.