Role of the NSW Crown Solicitor
The Crown Solicitor's Office is a Public Service Executive Agency related to the Department of Police and Justice with the Crown Solicitor as Head of the agency under Schedule 1 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.
The Crown Solicitor must be engaged by government agencies to perform tied legal services in respect of matters which:
- have implications for government beyond an individual Minister's portfolio
- involve the constitutional powers and privileges of the State and/or the Commonwealth
- raise issues which are fundamental to the responsibilities of government
- arise from, or relate to, matters falling within the Attorney General's area of responsibility.
The Crown Solicitor also competes with the private legal profession to perform untied (general) legal work for government agencies. The staff of the CSO observe a core set of values which their government clients appreciate and rely upon. CSO staff understand the sensitivities which attend the functions of the NSW State Government and work hard to ensure they build positive working partnerships with their clients.
The Crown Solicitor cannot provide legal services to the general public. The persons for whom the Crown Solicitor may act are set out in s. 110 of the Legal Profession Act 2004. Members of the general public requiring legal assistance should contact LawAccess NSW by telephone on 1 300 888 529 or go to www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au which is a free service providing a single point of access to legal assistance services to the people of NSW.