Mr Jim Milne, has been appointed Acting Commissioner and took up duties from 26 August 2013. Mr Milne will be filling this role while there is a recruitment process taking place.
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The Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) is an independent statutory body established under the Legal Profession Act 1987 (NSW).
The OLSC consists of the Legal Services Commissioner and the staff of the Commission who advise and assist the Commissioner in the exercise of his functions and powers. The Legal Services Commissioner receives all complaints about solicitors and barristers in New South Wales. In addition to receiving complaints, the Legal Services Commissioner:
- Oversees the investigation of complaints;
- Plays a major role in resolving consumer disputes; and
- May take disciplinary action against a solicitor or barrister, or commence disciplinary proceedings in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) - Occupational Division.
The OLSC cannot:
Provide legal advice or representation;
Investigate or change court findings;
- Investigate a complaint in relation to a matter that is currently before a court; or
Deal with complaints about judges or magistrates.
To obtain legal advice you may contact LawAccess, a free government service that provides information and referral to services that can help you with your legal problem. Alternatively, the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) provides free access to legal information through the State Library and NSW public libraries.
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Call our Inquiry Line on toll free 1800 242 958 for help and information
- Legal Profession Act 2004
- Solicitor's Rules
- Barrister's Rules
- Law Society of New South Wales
- NSW Bar Association
- Conference of Regulatory Officers
- Other Regulatory and Complaint Handling Bodies