The Legal Services Commission (the Commission) is a body corporate established pursuant to section 6(1) of the Legal Services Commission Act 1977 (the LSC Act). Section 6(3) of the LSC Act states the Commission is not an instrumentality of the Crown and is independent of the Government.
The functions and principles of the Commission are detailed in sections 10 and 11 of the LSC Act. Core functions and principles include:
- providing or arranging for the provision of legal assistance and determining the criteria under which that assistance is granted
- ensuring legal assistance is provided in the most efficient and economical manner, and making the best endeavours to make legal assistance available to persons throughout the State.