Seeking costs as the Independent Children’s Lawyer
Independent Children’s Lawyers play a vital role in family law proceedings, representing and promoting the best interests of children the subject of those proceedings.
Naturally, such representation comes at a significant financial cost, so it is important for ICLs to seek to recover those costs where appropriate. Cost orders in favour of ICLs reflect the invaluable assistance the Court receives from child representatives and helps to ensure the continued provision of dedicated ICLs.
Attached is a bulletin which assists ICLs to understand the basis on which costs orders are made and provide practical guidance about seeking orders. It has been prepared to assist practitioners funded by Legal Aid NSW but is relevant to ICLs in other States.