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Annual Report 2016 - 2017

Decisions of the Board 2016–2017

6 September 2016

  • Approved continuation of policy regarding granting legal aid in proceedings under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006.
  • Endorsed the Legal Aid NSW Diversity Action Plan 2016–2017.

1 November 2016

  • Approved the 2016 financial statements for the Legal Aid Commission of NSW and the Legal Aid Commission Staff Agency.
  • Approved a revised Charter of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Amended the policy to widen availability of legal aid in employment law matters.

6 December 2016

  • Endorsed a methodology for the allocation of the 2017–2018 funding for the Community Legal Centres Program and for consultation and implementation processes.
  • Appointed new members to the Legal Aid Review Committees.
  • Re-established a Crime and Grants Subcommittee to assist the Board in reviewing the policies for granting aid in higher court appeals.
  • Settled the terms of reference for the review of the appeals policy.

7 March 2017

  • Appointed new members to the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Approved the policy for granting of legal aid in proceedings under the Crimes (Serious Crimes Prevention Orders) Act 2016.
  • Approved the Community Legal Centres Program funding for 2017–2018.
  • Approved continuation of the Civil Law Working with Children Policy.

3 April 2017 out of session meeting

  • Approved Community Legal Centres funding for 2017–2018 to continue at the 2016–2017 levels.

16 May 2017

  • Approved changes to the contributions policy to allow the initial contribution fee to be waived for applicants in custody in local court summary matters.
  • Completed the review of legal aid for higher court appeals and approved the implementation of improvements to practices, procedures and transparency.

27 June 2017 out of session paper meeting

  • Approved Community Legal Centres funding allocations under the CLC Program for 2017–2018.

The year ahead

  • Oversee implementation of early appropriate guilty plea reforms and approve proposed changes to the fees and the panel lawyers structure.