The Legal Services Commissioner is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (the Act). The Legal Services Commission (the Commission or the LSC) consists of the Commissioner and the staff of the Commission who advise and assist the Commissioner in the exercise of his functions and powers under the Act. The Commission first 'opened for business' 1 July 2004 upon the commencement of the Legal Profession Act 2004.
You can learn about the Commission's fundamental purposes and values, the strategies its employs to achieve those purposes, the criteria it uses to assess its performance, and you can also read its monthly and annual performance reports.
You can 'meet' the Commissioner and the Reference Group which the Commissioner has established to provide him with informal advice and guidance and, importantly, you can learn about the Commission's staffing structure and arrangements.
You can read the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) that the Commission has entered into with other agencies with overlapping responsiblities; give us feedback and read the feedback other people have given us; read media reports relevant to the work of the Commission and learn about staff vacancies which arise from time to time.
You might be interested to learn something about the history of reforms to the regulation of the delivery of legal services in Queensland. There are a number of useful publications which describe that history including events leading up to the creation of the Commission in 2004, in particular:
- The University of Queensland Law Journal Volume 23, No 2, 2004, a Special Edition: Legal Profession Reform in Queensland
- Leslie Levin, Building a Better Lawyer Discipline System: the Queensland Experience , Legal Ethics, Volume 9, No 2, Winter 2006, pp 187-210