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C23 Model Litigant Guidelines

Amendments made to the Law Officer Act 1992 by the Law Officer Amendment Act 2009 introduced a legal obligation in performing Territory legal work to comply with ‘Model Litigant Guidelines’.

The guidelines apply to the conduct of civil claims and litigation and in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes involving the Territory and its agencies. This requires agencies to act honestly and fairly in handling claims and litigation brought by or against the Territory.

The Department ensures compliance with the model litigant guidelines by engaging the legal services of the ACT Government Solicitor in litigation matters.

The Department is able to rely on the ACT Government Solicitor to identify matters where a question arises as to compliance with the model litigant guidelines and to address it or elevate it within the Department as appropriate.

No breaches of the model litigant guidelines were identified in the reporting period.

For more information contact:
Governance Branch
Telephone: (02) 6205 7661

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