Community Legal Services
The Legal Profession Act 2006 requires the Society to regulate for the benefit of the consumers of legal services. This regulatory service includes maintaining professional standards, protecting client and public monies, handling complaints about professional conduct and prosecuting disciplinary matters. Other statutory services provided by the Society to the community include the register of law firms and practitioners and grants to community legal services.
Lobbying for Good Law
Unlike other industry and professional associations the Law Society does not focus its efforts on issues that are simply in the professional and commercial interests of its members.
We scrutinise most legislation, sometimes at the invitation of government, and lobby for “good law”. It is always our aim that legislation should fairly balance the principal forces in society and where possible looks after minor interests.
We also strive to ensure that the Territory’s laws are simple to understand and easy to comply with.
We do this in the interests of the community in general and of course our members who, in the end, must explain those laws to their clients.
A First Port of Call
The Society is generally the first port of call for anybody who believes they have a legal problem or who just seeks reassurance about the legal process. It is perhaps not surprising that in a jurisdiction as sophisticated as Canberra (which includes Queanbeyan, Yass and Bungendore) that the Society receives some 9,000 telephone calls from the public each year.