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The National Legal Profession Taskforce Now Significantly Closer to Uniform Regulation of the Legal Profession Across Australia

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 10, 2010

The National Legal Profession Taskforce Now Significantly Closer to Uniform Regulation of the Legal Profession Across Australia

The National Legal Profession Taskforce Now Significantly Closer to Uniform Regulation of the Legal Profession Across Australia

The National Legal Profession Taskforce today released an Interim Report on Key Issues and Funding in the legal profession reform project.

In May 2010, the Taskforce released its draft National Law and National Rules for a three-month consultation period.

During the consultation period the Taskforce received 162 submissions, consulted widely with a range of stakeholders and engaged a consultant to undertake an intensive consumer consultation process.

The Interim Report presents a significant step forward and outlines the revised position of the Taskforce following this extensive consultation and further discussions with Attorneys-General, Chief Justices, the National Legal Profession Reform Consultative Group and other stakeholders.

“I commend the Taskforce for responding promptly to consultations and for providing options for the Australian and State and Territory Governments to consider,” Mr McClelland said.

“We are now a significant step closer to true uniform regulation of the legal profession across Australia.”

The Report addresses:

  • the constitution of the proposed National Legal Services Board,
  • the need for a National Legal Services Ombudsman/Commissioner,
  • the role of Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) policy directions,
  • the role of SCAG in disallowing National Rules,
  • the application of certain provisions to ‘commercial or government’ clients,
  • the centralisation of admissions applications,
  • the power to conduct compliance audits; and
  • the funding for the proposed national regulatory bodies.

The report will inform the national law, national rules and a draft intergovernmental agreement that will be presented to the Council of Australian Governments in December.

The Report is available in full on the Attorney-General’s Department website at: www.ag.gov.au/legalprofession


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