Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

22 December 2014

The Law Council of Australia has expressed concern about cuts to Commonwealth legal aid funding which have recently forced a decision by Legal Aid New South Wales to severely restrict funding for certain criminal law matters and to remove funding altogether in some family law matters.

Law Council of Australia President-elect, Mr Duncan McConnel, said the decision of Legal Aid New South Wales to restrict legal aid funding for new expensive Commonwealth indictable matters will impact not only on individuals accused of committing such offences, but the ability of law enforcement agencies to secure a successful and timely prosecution.

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