Discipline Applications

The Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act) established the Legal Services Commission as the sole body responsible for receiving and managing the investigation of complaints about the conduct of legal practitioners and law practice employees.

The Legal Services Commissioner acts as an independent statutory officer and investigates the complaints received by the Commission. At the conclusion of an investigation, the Commissioner must make a decision whether or not to file a discipline application.

A Discipline Application is a document submitted by the Legal Services Commissioner to either the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) or the Legal Practice Committee (LPC), to commence disciplinary proceedings against a legal practitioner or their employee.

The application sets out the details of the lawyer’s (or employee’s) conduct which, in the Commissioner’s assessment, amounts to unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct.