Annual Report 2010 - 2011 The Commission
The Commission is an independent statutory body established by the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990. It is principally funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments with other sources of income derived from the recovery of legal costs in successful cases, contributions from legally assisted clients and interest on invested moneys.
Legal services in the areas of criminal law, Commonwealth civil law and family law are provided by the Commission from its head office in Hobart and regional offices in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. As at 30 June 2011, the Commission employed 30 lawyers in the Commission practice and it utilises the services of private legal practitioners to ensure that within the limits of funds available, no person is denied access to the law by reason of financial or social disadvantage.
Under Section 6 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990, the Commission's principal function is to provide legal aid in accordance with the Act. In the performance of this function, the Commission may:-
The Commission consists of 8 Commissioners appointed by the Minister in accordance with Section 5(1) of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990. During the 2010/2011 year, the Commission met on 8 occasions. Meetings of the Commission are usually held about every four to five weeks.