Review of the Legal Services Commission

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Review of the Legal Services Commission

Review of the Provision and Procurement of Legal Aid Services in South Australia’s Criminal Courts

On 14 February 2014, the Attorney-General released four reports compiled by an expert committee appointed to review the provision of legal aid in State criminal cases by the Legal Services Commission. The purpose of the Review of the Provision and Procurement of Legal Aid Services in South Australia's Criminal Courts was to examine the current method of provision of legal aid in State criminal cases by the Commission, both through ‘in-house’ lawyers and the private profession.


First Report - The Current Context

This is the first report of the Committee charged by the Attorney-General with the responsibility of undertaking the review of the provision of legal aid services in State criminal matters. It seeks to provide the reader with a comprehensive assessment of what currently occurs, when, why and how and an indication of the direction that the Committee intends to take.
 
 

Second Report - An approval regime for external lawyers

This report, and those that follow, focus upon changes to the procurement of legal aid services and its implementation that the Committee considers, within the framework of the terms of reference, should be made.
 
 

Third Report - The Governance Structure of the Commission and a Public Defender's Office for South Australia

This report considers the Legal Services Commission’s governance structure and the desirability of creating a Public Defender’s Office.

Third Report - The Governance Structure of the Commission (PDF 398KB)


Fourth Report - A modification to the Commissioner's fee structure to facilitate early guilty pleas

This report is confined to a consideration of the Legal Service Commission’s fee structure and modifications to that structure that may be made with a view to improving efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of legal aid services.
 
 

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
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