- Complaints about overcharging
- Adjudication of legal costs
- Unpaid accounts
- Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct
- Conciliation by the Legal Profession Conduct Commission (LPCC)
- Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
- Powers of the Supreme Court
- Handling money and trust accounts
The Legal Profession Conduct Commission is an independent body set up under the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (SA) to maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour within the legal profession. The Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner is empowered too investigate complaints of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct by lawyers.
A person who is concerned about the conduct of a lawyer, including whether they have been overcharged by their lawyer, can complain in writing to the Legal Profession Conduct Commission (LPCC). If a complainant has difficulty with writing or with the English language, she or he may contact the LPCC for assistance.
The LPCC has a standard complaint form which can be accessed from the LPCC website www.lpcc.sa.gov.au or a complaint form can be sent out in the mail.
The LPCC also has a telephone and email enquiry service which provides information about the complaint and investigation process and can assist in informally conciliating complaints in appropriate circumstances. The online enquiry form can be accessed here: www.lpcc.sa.gov.au
If a legally aided person has a complaint about their lawyer in relation to professional misconduct, they may wish to notify the Legal Services Commission of SA as well as the LPCC.
If seeking to change to another lawyer, they will need to ask the Legal Services Commission to transfer the grant of aid from the first lawyer to second. It is not the role of the Legal Services Commission to investigate professional complaints about lawyers.
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