The Law Society advocates on a variety of issues that affect the profession through submissions, advisory initiatives and campaigns.
Law Society Policy Papers
The Law Society has prepared briefing papers for the policy position of a number of issues concerning the legal profession.
- Sale of the WA Land Registry (June 2018)
- End of Life Choices (June 2018)
- Legal Assistance Funding – Updated (May 2018)
- Amendment to the Administration Act 1903 (WA) (December 2016)
- Expunging Historical Homosexual Convictions (April 2017)
- Family violence (October 2017)
- Legal assistance funding (December 2016)
- Mentally impaired accused (October 2017)
- Royal Commission into institutionalised responses to child sexual abuse (October 2017)
- Australian Human Rights Act (September 2008)
- Bail (October 2017)
- Death penalty (October 2017)
- Imprisonment of fine defaulters (October 2017)
- Mandatory sentencing (October 2017)
- Presumption against bail (December 2016)
Closing the gap policies
- Closing the gap (October 2017)
- Justice reinvestment (December 2016)
- Access to justice issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Western Australia (October 2017)
- Deaths in custody and incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (October 2017)
- Issues that contribute to the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Western Australia (October 2017)
- Issues affecting incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (October 2017)
- Mandatory sentencing and how it contributes to the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia (October 2017)
Legal profession policies
- The Future of the Legal Profession (December 2017)
- Position Paper – People Unlawfully Engaging in Legal Work: Protecting the Community (August 2017). Note: People Unlawfully Engaging in Legal Work: Protecting the Community makes a series of recommendations relevant to the future of the legal profession. A report on the action items was provided to the Law Society’s Council at its June 2018 meeting and members are advised that the Law Society has made representations to the Attorney General for the repeal of section 12(4) of the Legal Profession Act 2008 (WA), or alternatively, adoption of the Legal Profession Uniform Law, and the insertion of a new provision that would prevent unqualified people from providing products to the public that generate legal advice. The Society is also progressing the preparation of guidelines for non-lawyers who may engage in legal practice on the meaning of ‘legal practice’ and will be publishing material for the community to reference on the benefits of instructing a qualified legal practitioner over an unqualified person. Members are encouraged to report to the Law Society any instances of non-lawyers providing legal work.
- Diversity and equality (December 2016)
- Final Directions paper the Law Society’s response to the Women Lawyers of WA 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce Review (August 2016)
- Judicial resources (October 2017)
- Legal profession uniform law (October 2017)
- Judicial appointments (October 2017)
- Appointment of Senior Counsel in Western Australia (February 2013)
State Government and Opposition respond to the Law Society’s Policy Positions
In December 2016 the Law Society wrote to both the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, Attorney General of Western Australia, and Mr Mark McGowan MLC, Leader of the Opposition asking them to respond to the Law Society’s policy positions on a range of legal issues affecting community members and the legal profession in Western Australia.
A summary of the briefing papers and responses from the Liberal Government and Labor Opposition was published in the Brief March 2017 issue.
Read their letters in their entirety