Law Reform and Advocacy

Committees

Committees

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More than 40 active committees have been established by volunteer members of the Law Society, covering a range of substantive law and other areas of interest. Many of the Law Society’s committees are policy committees that deal with references for comment from outside organisations and initiate comment on various legal and practice issues as and when they arise.

Committee membership is an exclusive benefit for Law Society members. Joining a committee is a great way to give back to the profession, influence the agenda and develop networks in different sectors of the profession.  Committee members are expected to abide by the committee standing orders and code of conduct.

To join a committee please complete a Committee Expression of Interest form and email to policy@lawsocietywa.asn.au.

National Legal Profession Reform Project Submissions

Submissions

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The Law Society of Western Australia’s response to the Women Lawyers of Western Australia’s 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce Review.

The Law Society has released position papers on various topics:

The Law Society regularly provides submissions to government and other agencies for the purpose of legislative and policy change.

 

Date lodged Title of submission Submission to
2016
December Australian Consumer Law Review – Interim Report Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand
May Australian Consumer Law Review – Response to Issues Paper Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand
April Harmonisation of Conduct Rule 3s – Comparison between Legal Profession Conduct Rules 2010 (WA) and Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2016 Letter to the Legal Practice Board WA cc to State Attorney General WA Bar Association (State)
April Expunging of Criminal Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences Submission to the Attorney General (State)
April  Legal Costs Committee Review: Legal Profession (Family Court of Western Australia) Determination 2014; Legal Profession (State Administrative Tribunal) Determination 2014; Legal Profession (Official Prosecutions) (Accused’s Costs) Determination 2014 Submission to the Legal Costs Committee (State)
March WA Project 106 Provisional Damages and Damages for Gratuitous Services Law Reform Commission of Western Australia
2015
January Review of 0 36B – Subpoenas, Rules of the Supreme Court 1971 Supreme Court of Western Australia (State)
February Landgate Strata Titles Reform – Combined Discussion Paper Landgate Strata Titles Act Reform Paper (State)
February Mandatory Sentencing – Criminal Law Amendment (Home Burglary and Other Offences) Bill 2014 Attorney General (State)
February Inquiry into Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011 Legislative Council Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review (State)
February Draft Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2014 Minister for Planning (State)
February United Nations Universal Periodic Review Shadow Report of Australia’s Human Rights Obligations: Indigenous Specific Responses Law Council of Australia (Federal)
February Legal Costs Committee Review – Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Costs) Determination 2013 and Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Non-contentious Probate Costs) Determination 2013  Legal Costs Committee (State)
February Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry into Australian Securities and Investment Commission Amendment (Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Abolition) Bill 2014 Senate Economics Legislation Committee (Federal)
March Bundles of Trial Materials District Court of Western Australia (State)
April Landgate Consultation Paper – Sale of Land Act: Proposals for Changes to Section 13 Landgate (State)
May Bell Group of Companies (Finalisation of Matters and Distribution Proceeds) Bill 2015 Treasurer (State)
 2014  
January Productivity Commission – Request for information Law Council of Australia (Federal)
January Review of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 WorkCover WA (State)
February Review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (WA) Department of Environment Regulation (State)
February Report of the Family Court Delay Working Group Hon Chief Judge of the Family Court and State and Federal Attorney General (State)
February Law Reform Commission of Western Australia – Discussion Paper – Enhancing Laws Concerning Family and Domestic Violence Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (State)
May Proposed Amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Law Council of Australia (Federal)
May Review of the Native Title Act 1993 Australian Law Reform Commission (Federal)
May Productivity Commission Interim Report on Access to Justice April 2014 Law Council of Australia (Federal)
August Legal Costs Committee Review – Legal Practitioners (State Administrative Tribunal) Determination 2012Legal Practitioners (Family Court of Western Australia) Determination 2012Legal Practitioners (Official Prosecutions) (Accused’s Costs) Determination 2012 Legal Costs Committee (State)
August Proposed Practice Management Regulations Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (State)
August  Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2013 Attorney General (State)
August Review of Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 – Final Report July 2014 WorkCover WA (State)
October Commonwealth Government’s Decision to Abolish Corporations and Markets Advisory Advisory Committee Treasury (Federal)
November Statutory Review of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA) Department of Commerce (State)
December Review of the Native Title Act 1993 Australian Law Reform Commission (Federal)
December Compulsory Third Party Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Insurance Scheme Insurance Commission of Western Australia (State)
December Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 Department of the Attorney General (State)
2013
January Key Criminal Justice Issues Attorney General.  Copies to the Premier, Shadow Attorney General, Leader of the Opposition and the Greens (State)
February Review of Liquor Control Act 1988 Liquor Act Review Committee (State)
May Representative Proceedings – Law Reform Commission of Western Australia Project 103 Discussion Paper February 2013 Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (State)
August Statutory Review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 Policy and Aboriginal Services Directorate, Department of the Attorney General (State)
December Review of Legal Costs Committee Court Scales 2012 Legal Costs Committee (State)
2012
January Proposed Repeal Section 27A Motor Vehicle (Third Party Insurance) Act 1943 and Section 87 Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 Minister for Commerce (State)
October IP Australia – Innovation Patents – Raising the Step Consultation Paper IP Australia (Federal)
November Law Reform Commission of Western Australia – Discussion Paper – Complaints Against Judiciary Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (State)
2011
January Inquiry into Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts Australian Law Reform Commission (Federal)
March Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Costs) Determination 2009 and Legal Practitioners (Solicitors Non-Contentious Probate Costs) Determination 2010 Legal Costs Committee (State)
June Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 Discussion Paper – Project 101 – February 2011 Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (State)
July Submission to Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network Law Council of Australia (Federal)
July Section 136(1) of the Planning and Development Act 2005 Minister for Planning (State)
July Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Amendment Bill 2011 – Legislative Council Amendments Department of Commerce (State)
August Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement – Options for Improving Access to Lease Information in the Retail Tenancy Market in Western Australia Department of Commerce (State)
August Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Law Council of Australia (Federal)
September Section 68 of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 Minister for the Environment (State)
September Draft Revised Workers’ Compensation (Legal Practitioners and Registered Agents) Costs Determination 2011 WorkCover WA Costs Committee (State)
October Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) Consultation Draft Proportionate Liability Model Provisions SCAG (Federal)
2010
February Children’s Court Rules 2009 President of the Children’s Court (WA)
February District Court Draft Practice Direction – Video and Audio Links Chief Judge of the District Court (WA)
March Suppression and Non-Publication Orders Department of the Attorney General (State)
May Freedom of Information Review Information Commissioner (State)
June National Electronic conveyancing – Non-Regulated Subscribers National Electronic Conveyancing Office (Federal)
September Closure of State Sub Offices of IP Australia Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Federal) Minister for Commerce (State)
September Children’s Court Direction on Saturday Sittings in Perth Attorney General (State)