Legal Aid Services Council

No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

The report said there had been no evidence of government interference in the Legal Aid Department, citing the case involving domestic helpers' right of abode as one of the examples. Photo: Sam Tsang

The legal aid service should remain in the hands of the government, according to the Legal Aid Services Council that has backtracked on a recommendation it made 15 years ago to set up an independent legal aid authority.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 10:09am 3 comments

Present set-up has good checks and balances system

Your correspondents, Pierce Lam ('Legal aid move will help restore social context,' June 22) and Cynthia Sze ('Legal aid changes should ensure greater degree of transparency,' June 27) welcome the move to put the Legal Aid Department (LAD) under the purview of the Home Affairs Bureau.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog keeps autonomy goal alive

The Legal Aid Services Council is seeking changes in the law that would give it greater autonomy, after an earlier proposal to establish an independent legal aid body failed.

28 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Legal aid authority proposed

The Legal Aid Department's three most senior officials should be answerable to a legal aid authority, a consultants' report suggests.

The report, commissioned by the Legal Aid Services Council, was set up in 1996 to study how to provide independent legal aid.

29 May 1998 - 12:00am

Administration does not interfere

YOUR editorial headlined, 'Reforms delayed' (February 11) suggested that 'official procrastination' had delayed the desirable aim of achieving the greater independence of legal aid administration. This is not true.

In March 1992, the Administration set up a working group to undertake a comprehensive review of the law, policy and practice governing legal aid services.

20 Feb 1995 - 12:00am