More in-house Legal Aid NSW lawyers for state's courts

UPDATE: LISMORE MP Thomas George has expressed his happiness that Legal Aid NSW in Lismore would be one of the regional offices to benefit from the appointment of an additional lawyer commencing in January 2016.

"This is great news for the Northern Rivers region that will mean an increase in the efficient running of the court in Lismore and result in fewer delays for our criminal justice system," Mr George said.

Bill Grant, Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW, said Legal Aid was working with other participants in the justice system to help reduce the backlog in the District Court.

"These new Legal Aid lawyers will undertake only committals of serious indictable matters; existing arrangements for duty work and defended hearings will continue," Mr Grant said.

For more information about Legal Aid NSW, visit http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/

 

INITIAL REPORT: MORE in-house Legal Aid NSW lawyers will make access to justice faster in areas across New South Wales, including in the Northern Coast region, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis, and Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton, have said.

Legal Aid NSW have announced they will appoint more in-house criminal lawyers at its regional offices who will undertake committals in serious indictable matters, like robberies and sexual assault matters at Local Courts across NSW.

The additional positions will be located in eight regional offices including Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Gosford, Lismore, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga and service more than 20 additional Local Courts across NSW.

Ms Upton said this measure is the latest step the Government is taking to slash the District Court backlog.

"Appointing more Legal Aid NSW lawyers is a practical solution that will help encourage early guilty pleas, cut the backlog and ensure people get access to justice faster," she said.

Legal Aid NSW provides representation, either through in-house or via private lawyers, to eligible defendants appearing in criminal proceedings at all Local Courts in NSW.

Analysis of case outcomes indicates that matters dealt with by in-house Legal Aid lawyers are more likely to be resolved at an early stage, compared to those legally aided matters by panel lawyers.

For more information about Legal Aid NSW, visit http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/



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