I am pleased to announce that Patrick Lunn has been appointed as the new Chair of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.
Hobart-based lawyer Mr Lunn takes on the position vacated by the past Chair, Peter Worrall.
Over a number of years, Legal Aid has struggled to meet the demand for its services. The Liberal Government and all stakeholders have continued to be concerned about this situation.
After consultation with the Commission and the Law Society of Tasmania, the Government has decided to undertake an independent review of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.
Former Tasmanian Supreme Court judge, the Honourable Peter Evans, has been appointed to undertake the review.
The review is expected to take three months to complete and has the support of the past Chair of the Commission, the Director, Dr Graham Hill, and the Law Society of Tasmania.
The review will consider governance and membership of the Legal Aid Commission, the management of grants of legal assistance, the use of private legal practitioners to deliver services, and the interaction between the LACT and Community Legal Centres.
Mr Evans will facilitate community and stakeholder consultation as part of the review terms of reference.
The legal aid sector plays an invaluable role in the seamless operation of the justice system. The review provides an opportunity to further enhance this role that is essential to the justice system.
Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for Justice