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LEGAL AID ACT 1978 - SECT 12M

Attorney-General may give directions to the board

S. 12M(1) amended by No. 44/1997
s. 13(3).

    (1)     The Attorney-General may give to the board written directions in relation to—

        (a)     the performance of the functions or exercise of the powers of VLA;

        (b)     the policies, priorities or guidelines of VLA, including priorities in the funding of legal aid;

S. 12M(1)(c) inserted by No. 93/1998
s. 14(1).

        (c)     the provision of legal aid by VLA in accordance with a legal aid arrangement.

S. 12M(1A) inserted by No. 93/1998
s. 14(2).

    (1A)     The Attorney-General may only give a direction under subsection (1)(c) if that direction has been requested in writing by the Commonwealth Attorney-General after the Commonwealth Attorney-General has consulted with the Attorney-General and VLA.

    (2)     A direction under subsection (1) must not relate to the grant of legal aid to any specific person.

    (3)     The board must comply with any direction given under subsection (1).

S. 12M(4) amended by No. 15/2018 s. 32.

    (4)     A direction has effect when written notice of the direction is received by the chairperson.

    (5)     The Attorney-General must cause a copy of a direction given under this section to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 10 sitting days of the House after notice of the direction is given.

S. 12MA inserted by No. 15/2018 s. 19.



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