CPD Requirements and Guidelines
For Legal Profession Rules 2009 Part 2, Division 2 and Legal Profession Amendment Rules 2015

Background

On 1 March 2009 the Legal Profession Rules 2009 (The Rules) came into operation. 

Part 2 Division 2 of the Rules requires local legal practitioners to accrue 10 CPD points per year.  This requirement is imposed by a condition on local practising certificates (CPD Condition).  WA government lawyers are also to accrue 10 CPD points under arrangements set out in the Legal Profession Regulations 2009 Part 4 Division 2.

In 2014 the Legal Practice Board undertook a review of the Legal Profession Rules 2009 Part 2 Division 2 and as a result the Legal Profession Amendment Rules 2015 (LPAR 2015)were approved and gazetted on 20 February 2015. The LPAR 2015 took effect as from the CPD period commencing 1 April 2015 and the guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes.


Purpose of These Guidelines

The Rules vest a number of discretionary powers in the Board.  The purpose of these Guidelines is to set out the Board's general policy as to how those discretionary powers will be exercised in the ordinary case, for the purpose of informing practitioners and assisting Board members and delegates in the exercise of their functions under the rules.

It is important to bear in mind that these are Guidelines only and do not fetter the exercise of the Board's discretion in accordance with the rules.  Each case that comes before the Board must be considered on its individual merits. As these are guidelines only they should be read in conjunction with the Legal Profession Rules 2009 Part 2 Division 2 and the Legal Profession Amendment Rules  2015


Requirements

Guidelines

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