Queensland Law Society

Reports of rorts not quite the truth

Date 28 Jun 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Communications Manager
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Queensland Law Society expressed surprise today at a media report that levelled claims of Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) funding rorts by solicitors.

President Annette Bradfield said QLS took issue with claims that solicitors were taking advantage of legal assistance sector grants.

“This couldn’t be further from the truth – they are working harder than ever managing an ever-increasing workload,” Ms Bradfield said

“The recently-released LAQ consultation paper Improving criminal law grants of aid examines certain legal aid processes and procedures that have not addressed important criminal law changes in recent years.

“We welcome the consultation process, particularly in light of changes such as the 2010 Moynihan reforms that resulted in significant shifts in criminal law jurisdictions.

“The Society will provide a submission to LAQ on the consultation paper’s proposals in the next month.”