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Legal Services Commission

Functional responsibility

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.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $38.4 million
SA Government grant: $18.2 million
Commonwealth grant: $16.2 million
   
Number of FTEs: 194.18
   
Number of in-house cases: 4912

Financial statement opinion
Unmodified

Financial controls opinion
Modified
Key issues:
  • Strategic plan and risk treatments need updating
  • Rationale behind allocation of unclaimed work needs to be enhanced
  • Private practitioner invoicing and payment tasks are not segregated
  • LAW office system does not enforce delegations
  • Follow-up of outstanding employee attendance records and the bona fide review need improvement
  • Previously reported information and communications technology management and control matters unresolved