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Guidelines

6. Legal Aid Review Committee Appeals

6.8. Meetings-during and follow up

6.8.1 What is a quorum?

Legal Aid NSW has determined that a quorum for a Legal Aid Review Committee meeting is two members, one of which must be a lawyer.

Where a member abstains from consideration of a matter because they have an interest in the matter, that member cannot be included for the purpose of making up a quorum.

Similarly, if a member or members leave the meeting, the meeting may only continue if there are at least two members still present, one of which must be a lawyer.


6.8.2 Appellant cannot attend meetings

Legal Aid NSW has determined that appellants or their legal advisers are not permitted to address the Legal Aid Review Committee in person.


6.8.3 Record of Legal Aid Review Committee Resolution

A Resolution of Appeal form records the resolution, the minutes of the meeting and also form part of the appellant's file when it has been signed by the Chairperson.


6.8.4 Role and responsibilities after meetings

In the situation where the Legal Aid Review Committee has allowed an appeal, the Legal Aid Review Committee Secretariat will:

  • record on ATLAS that the appeal has been allowed;
  • record the Committee's decision on ATLAS;
  • scan and attach to the ATLAS file any hard copy paper documents generated as part of the Legal Aid Review Committee process that are not already on the file; and
  • destroy all paper material used in the Legal Aid Review Committee process by placing it in a locked security bin.



Date Last Published: 19/01/2010