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Who we are

Legal Aid NSW is a state-wide organisation providing legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged people across NSW. We deliver legal services in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Find out more about our services.

Our services are provided through our Central Sydney office and 25 regional offices. Legal Aid NSW employs approximately 1000 staff.

Legal Aid NSW delivers legal services in partnership with the private legal profession through grants of legal aid. In 2018-2019 private lawyers provided 42.2% of legally aided case and duty services. We work closely with our partners including LawAccess NSWCommunity Legal Centres and the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT.

To learn more about how we meet the needs of our diverse clients see our Diversity Action Plan, and our Elder Abuse Strategy 2018-19.

The long-term strategic direction of Legal Aid NSW is overseen by a Board, appointed by the Attorney General. The day-to-day management is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, assisted by a Senior Executive.

Legal Aid NSW was established in 1979, when it was known as the Legal Services Commission, before becoming the Legal Aid Commission of NSW in 1987. The Legal Aid Commission was renamed Legal Aid NSW in 2006. More information about our history can be found on this page.

For more information see our Legal Aid NSW Plan 2019-2020, Legal Aid NSW Plan 2018-2023 and annual report.