Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in order to scrutinise legislation, Court decisions and other government policies.
Committees are involved in different areas and there are three broad categories:
- Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
- Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations
- Policy committees
By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can in turn meet its statutory duties and act as a major player in law reform and policy debates.
There are currently 28 standing committees and one board (the Specialist Accreditation Board). In 2017, there will be some changes to the Law Society's policy committees. For example, the Juvenile Justice Committee is changing to a Children's Legal Issues Committee, and the Elder Law and Succession Committee will be an Elder Law, Capacity & Succession Committee. For the roles and priorities of the committees, see the 2017 Committees List. Any amendments to this list will be advised via Monday Briefs.
Joining a standing committee
Over September and October each year, solicitors practising in New South Wales are invited to submit expressions of interest online for membership of the Law Society’s standing committees for the coming year.