On October 13, Cabinet approved the commencement of Parts 1 and 2, as well as sections 99 and 101, of the Legal Services Act (LSA) effective Friday, 14 October 2022.
“The Commencement of Parts 1 and 2, and Sections 99 and 101 is an important preliminary, step which essentially brings the Council to life and allows the Council to begin the substantial amount of work still to be done to facilitate an orderly commencement of the remaining aspects of the LSA. This includes the regulations, fee structure, the immigration requirements, operational procedures and disciplinary rules, amongst other things,” said Premier Panton.
Commencing Parts 1 and 2 allows for the establishment of the Council and appointments to be made to the Council; and the Council would then be able to make the preparations and administrative arrangements necessary to facilitate the orderly commencement of the remaining LSA sections in due course.
Commencing Section 99 allows Cabinet to make necessary regulations and Section 101 sets forth the savings from the existing Act, facilitating the transitional provisions necessary to move from the current Act to the new Legal Services Act.
Explainer: Cabinet bringing into force parts of Legal Services Act: Loop News October 15, 2022