Applications are currently being sought for the position of Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner.

About the role

The Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner is appointed by the Governor under section 71 of the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (the Act), for a term not exceeding five years and on conditions determined by the Governor.

At the end of a term of appointment, the Commissioner is eligible for reappointment.

The Commissioner receives complaints about legal practitioners in South Australia. In accordance with the Act, the Commissioner has the power to investigate suspected unsatisfactory professional conduct and/or professional misconduct by legal practitioners.

Following an investigation, the Commissioner has the power to take authorised actions under the Act including the laying of charges before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and commencing disciplinary proceedings in the Supreme Court on the recommendation of the Tribunal. The Commissioner can also choose not to lay charges and can instead exercise other powers as set out in the Act, for example, reprimanding the legal practitioner, ordering the legal practitioner to apologise or undertake training.

The Commissioner and their office can also answer general enquiries about the conduct of a legal practitioner and arrange for the conciliation of complaints under the Act. In accordance with the Act, the person appointed as the Commissioner need not be a legal practitioner, however the Commissioner must be a person who, in the opinion of the Attorney-General:

  • is familiar with the nature of the legal system and legal practice; and
  • possesses sufficient qualities of independence, fairness and integrity.

More information about the role and powers of the Commissioner can be found in the Act or on the Commissioner’s website.

Submitting your application

Applications can be submitted via email using the button below to:

Caroline Mealor, Chief Executive
Attorney-General’s Department

Submit your application

Applications close 5pm, 13 May 2022.

Contact

For queries, contact the Office of the Chief Executive, AGD

Phone: 7322 7994