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The purpose of the policy is to ensure that counsel engaged to represent clients in criminal law circuit court matters is the best available counsel for the client's specific matter while ensuring that "legal assistance is given to persons in the most effective, economic, commercial and efficient way".1
There are a number of areas throughout Queensland where circuit courts have been established for District and Supreme Court sittings to ensure:
It is acknowledged that:
This policy relates to all matters heard on circuit court sittings in Queensland and applies to all Legal Aid Queensland lawyers employed in the in-house criminal law practice, preferred suppliers undertaking criminal law matters in circuit court areas and Legal Aid Queensland's Counsel Chambers.
The Deputy CEO, Public Defender, deputy public defenders, Criminal Law Services director and assistant directors and the Senior Chambers Officer were consulted in developing this policy. The Executive Management Team approved this policy.
This policy will be made available on the Legal Aid Queensland intranet and website.
This policy will be reviewed every 12 months
Legal Aid Queensland Act 1997
1. s43(a) of the Legal Aid Queensland Act 1997 ↪
2. http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/513035/dc-ar-2015-2016.pdf ↪