Country Practitioners

2017/18 Annual Report

The Committee’s strategic focus continues to be developed with a view to ensuring that it is representing, engaging, supporting and advocating for all members of the profession in rural, regional and remote areas.

The Committee continues to identify issues that country lawyers are dealing with that require support and promotion through the Law Society: in particular resources, mental health issues, remuneration, recruitment and retention, professional isolation, mentoring and the technological changes impacting on legal practice.

The Committee was involved in two high-profile events during the reporting period: firstly, the Social Justice Opportunities evening where members provided information to students and other practitioners, and then in Law Week at the inaugural CPD event for rural, regional and remote legal practitioners.

The Committee acknowledges the support from the 13th Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon Wayne Martin AC, QC, with his invitation to regional members to advise him (directly) of how the Courts can be more accessible and user-friendly.

The Committee has also maintained its representation on the Rural, Regional and Remote Lawyers Committee of the Law Council of Australia and continues to monitor the Justice Project. The Committee will consider the report’s recommendations and in particular those recommendations relating to access to legal assistance in the regions as well as recommendations about access to resources to support lawyers that practise in these areas.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au