Queensland Law Society

Party positions revealed on legal profession issues

Date 29 Feb 2012
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Queensland Law Society has today published the ALP’s and LNP’s responses to the 11 priority legal profession issues as nominated by solicitors statewide.

The issues cover a range of social and practice concerns including legal aid funding, improving people’s right to legal representation before QCAT and better resourcing for courts and tribunals.

The political parties’ responses are a major feature of the March edition of Queensland Law Society’s journal Proctor.

Queensland Law Society president Dr John de Groot said it was hoped the issues paper would inspire political parties’ commitment to change regarding a number of critical social and practice concerns.

“On the topic of conveyancing, it’s great to see both parties are committed to improving this process for the benefit of all Queenslanders,” Dr de Groot said.

“But there are some differences of opinion on certain issues.

“For example, regarding legal representation in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), it is encouraging to see that the LNP is aware of concerns about the way Queenslanders can access the tribunal and that it would be prepared to work with QLS and other stakeholders to improve this service.

“However, the ALP does not concede the possibility of change to the existing arrangements, which limit legal representation to a narrow set of criteria.

“On the other hand, the LNP says it does not support changing the current age of 17 for which offenders can be dealt with through the adult justice system

“However, the State Government says it is committed to exploring options for transferring 17 year olds from the adult to the youth justice system.

“We are working with both parties to try and achieve positive change in these and a range of other matters.”