LCA: Refreshing the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee
The Law Council of Australia (LCA) Executive has resolved to refresh the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and as such, the Society is seeking Expressions of Interest from legal practitioners who are interested in holding a position on the Committee.
The primary purpose of the Committee is to advise the LCA on key federal and national issues and legal and policy responses that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and legal practitioners, as well as improving access to justice as it is experienced by these respective cohorts.
Refreshing the Committee provides an opportunity to ensure that it is well-placed, in terms of members’ availability, capacity and expertise, to advise the LCA, given that it continues to be under high demand in terms of workload.
The Committee's role as an expert legal and policy advisory committee has influenced the LCA's recent submissions and correspondence in the areas of cultural heritage, native title, corporate bodies, intellectual property, constitutional recognition, discrimination law, bias within the legal and justice system, social security, child protection, incarceration issues including around bail and sentencing, disability, family violence, Closing the Gap, and the minimum age of criminal responsibility. The Society has been asked to put forward nominees with substantial knowledge/experience, having regard to these and other priority areas of the law.
The term of membership is 3 years.