Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006

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27 Exceptions to sections 21, 22, 24, and 26

(1)

Sections 21, 22, 24, and 26 do not prevent—

(a)

any person from representing himself or herself in proceedings before any court or tribunal; or

(b)

any person from appearing as an advocate, or representing any other person before any court or tribunal if the appearance or representation is allowed or required—

(i)

by any Act or regulations; or

(ii)

by the court or tribunal; or

(c)

any person who may, in accordance with paragraph (b), appear in any proceedings as an advocate or representative from—

(i)

giving advice in relation to those proceedings; or

(ii)

giving assistance in drafting, settling, or revising documents for filing in those proceedings.

(2)

Sections 21, 24, and 26 do not prevent any person who works in a community law centre or who is employed by a community law centre from giving to a person who is or intends to be a litigant in person in any proceedings—

(a)

advice in relation to those proceedings; or

(b)

assistance in drafting, settling, or revising documents for filing in those proceedings.

(3)

A person does not commit an offence against any provision of sections 21, 22, 24, and 26 by reason only of filling in, on behalf of any other person, a printed form required for the purposes of any proceedings before any court or tribunal if—

(a)

the printed form is either—

(i)

a form prescribed for the purpose of the proceedings; or

(ii)

a form prepared by a person who, at the time when it was prepared, was an authorised person within the meaning of section 26(2); and

(b)

it is reasonable to expect that the form could be properly completed by persons who were not authorised persons within the meaning of section 26(2); and

(c)

no charge is made, directly or indirectly, for the filling in of the form or any service in relation to the filling in of the form.

(4)

Sections 24 and 26 do not prevent a statutory officer or Crown organisation, or any employee of a statutory officer or Crown organisation,—

(a)

from discharging any of his, her, or its duties, or exercising any of his, her, or its powers, under any enactment; or

(b)

from doing any thing that is intended to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the discharge of the functions conferred on the statutory officer or Crown organisation by any enactment.

(5)

Section 24 does not prevent a conveyancing practitioner from providing conveyancing services.