Provide Australians with unbiased and effective legal disciplinary bodies.
  • Petitioned Parliament of Australia - Senate

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Parliament of Australia - Senate
Parliament of Australia - Senate

Provide Australians with unbiased and effective legal disciplinary bodies.

    1. Mary Cotter
    2. Petition by

      Mary Cotter

      Winchelsea, Australia

 Australians desperately need legal disciplinary bodies that are genuinely unbiased to deal with complaints about lawyer misconduct. The current disciplinary processes are often structured to protect abusers rather than consumers, and there is a desperate need to institute reforms that streamline the disciplinary process, impose meaningful punishments and protect the rights of consumers. When a Legal Services Commission or other lawyer disciplinary body in Australia does impose disciplinary measures, more often than not it takes the form of a minor, secretly dispensed reprimand. And on the rare occasion when a hearing regarding a lawyer's ethical violations does occur, the judge and jury consist of fellow lawyers rather than judges or lay persons, and the resultant institutional bias renders the system ineffective.

more to come - for now see
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-law-unto-themselves-how-legal-eagles-like-their-independence-20100527-whhi.html

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/policing-the-lawyers-the-balance-between-procedure-and-fairness-20110429-1e0od.html

http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/blogs/top_stories/archive/2009/09/22/systematic-failure-by-victorian-legal-services-commissioner.aspx

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/human-rights-2/the-victorian-injustice-system/

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    • Helen Walker PORT DOUGLAS, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      They cannot be exempt to something that the rest of us are upheld to do properly, ethically and justly.

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    • Bernadette Turnour TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because this is the only profession where you can make errors and still get paid

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    • Elaine Talbert AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Detrimental advice of legal representatives in a family law matter.

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    • Paul Talbert AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Solicitor used gave ineffectual representation and gave wrong advice. complaint to legal body was dismissed.

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    • june phillips BUDERIM, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      experience when a Lawyer abused his position

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