Under the provisions of the Legal Profession Uniform Law, the Legal Services Council makes and amends Rules as required to refine and improve the operation of the Uniform Law. Recent changes are listed below.
On 6 December 2019, after consultation with all Australian Bars, regulatory authorities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, and the public, the Legal Services Council (LSC) made the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Amendment (CPD Activity) Rule 2019 (Rule) under s 419 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law 2014 (Uniform Law). The Rule amends rules 5 and 6 and creates a new rule 6A of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015. It commenced on 13 December 2019.
The LSC is concerned that the high standards of the profession are maintained and quality services continue to be rendered to consumers, by CPD points being allocated only to activities that are current, relevant and likely to increase the knowledge and skills of legal practitioners.
The effect of the Rule is to provide barristers with:
On 6 December 2019, after consulting widely with stakeholders and the public, the Legal Services Council (LSC) made the Legal Profession Uniform General Amendment (Miscellaneous) Rule 2019 (Rule) under s 419 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law 2014 (Uniform Law). As well as clarifying the usual duration of a practising certificate, the Rule amends the Uniform General Rules (UGRs) that support various provisions in Chapter 4 of the Uniform Law, specifically UGRs 17, 38, 54, 63, 64 and 93; and creates new UGRs 91E and 95A. It commenced on 13 December 2019.
The effect of the amendments is to:
On 17 September 2019, the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Amendment Act 2019 (Vic) was given the Royal Assent, officially paving the way for Western Australia to become the third jurisdiction to join the Uniform Law Scheme. Part 2 of the Bill, which deals with changes to the governance arrangements for the Legal Services Council, commenced on proclamation, in order to synchronize with the passage of the Western Australian Application legislation.