Legal Aid Funding Remains in Crisis


The Law Society of Tasmania remains concerned at the underfunding of Legal Aid in Tasmania. It is, and will continue to, result in diminished access to justice for those Tasmanians who need representation but cannot pay for a private lawyer.

The Law Society of Tasmania is participating in a national coordinated campaign starting on Monday 16 May to draw attention to the need for funding cuts to Legal Aid to be reversed, and a funding increase to be implemented.

On Monday 16 May 2016 at 1pm at the Parliament House lawns, there will be a rally for Legal Aid, sponsored by the Law Society of Tasmania.

The President of the Law Society, Matthew Verney, has called on all major political parties to commit to the proper funding of Legal Aid, in line with the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report.

Attached is the media release issued by the President of the Law Council of Australia, Stuart Clark outlining the national campaign.

 Matthew Verney
0438 248 708

 12 May 2016