Question

Can the SLCC accept complaints about legal practitioners acting as child welfare reporters?

Answer

If you’re concerned about the way in which a reporter has conducted him/herself and want to make a complaint to the SLCC, we will have to consider whether the complaint is one we can consider.  As the reporter is appointed by the court there is no direct client/solicitor relationship between a reporter and a party to a case so there will not be any element of service to your complaint.  It may be possible however for the SLCC to consider a complaint about the conduct of a solicitor whilst he or she was performing the role of a child welfare reporter. If the SLCC decides your complaint is an eligible conduct complaint, it will then pass the complaint to the relevant professional body for investigation.