cover of best practice guidelines brochureLast updated 27 August 2018

Both Legal Aid Queensland and the Queensland Law Society have developed Best Practice Guidelines to help lawyers and professionals involved in the legal matters across different areas to provide a consistent high-quality service to clients affected by domestic violence or matters involving domestic and family violence. Legal Aid Queensland developed best practice guidelines in 2000, while the Queensland Law Society best practice guidelines were developed in response to recommendation 107 of the Queensland Taskforce Report, Not Now Not Ever – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

The Best Practice Guidelines are a resource to Queensland Law Society members.

The Legal Aid Queensland Best Practice Guidelines are targeted to different professional groups:

  • lawyers working with clients affected by domestic violence
  • lawyers working with clients who have experienced sexual violence
  • lawyers working with respondents in domestic violence proceedings
  • family and social assessment report writers
  • family dispute resolution practitioners
  • separate representatives and independent children’s lawyers
  • administrative and client service staff.