Part 3 Administration of legal services system

Subpart 1—Functions of Secretary for Justice and Legal Services Commissioner

Secretary for Justice

68 Functions of Secretary for Justice

(1)

The functions of the Secretary under this Act are—

(a)

to establish, maintain, and purchase high-quality legal services in accordance with this Act:

(b)

to perform any functions that are conferred or imposed on the Secretary by or under this Act:

(c)

to perform any other functions relating to legal services that are conferred or imposed on the Secretary by or under any other Act.

(2)

For the purposes of performing his or her functions, the Secretary may—

(a)

assess and determine the need for legal services by people with insufficient means; and

(b)

specify legal services to which subpart 2 applies; and

(c)

determine the method or methods for the delivery of legal services; and

(d)

determine the allocation of legal services—

(i)

on the basis of the method or methods of delivery that the Secretary considers appropriate for the type of legal service to be provided; or

(ii)

in any other manner that the Secretary considers appropriate; and

(e)

subject to this Act, disestablish any legal services established under this Act; and

(f)

deliver any legal services established under this Act; and

(g)

undertake or fund law-related research and education; and

(h)

exercise any other power conferred on the Secretary by this Act or any other enactment.