Legislative Assembly Legal Affairs Committee

The Legal Affairs Committee is a current standing committee of the Legislative Assembly, established 22 June 2011.

The Legal Affairs Committee is a specialist standing committee appointed for the current parliament. Specialist standing committees are able to report on any proposal, matter or thing concerned with the subject area of the committee. The committees may be referred inquiries by the House or in writing from a Minister, or they may initiate an inquiry on their own motion.

Inquiries (click to show)

During the current parliament, the following inquiries have been undertaken by the committee:

ReferredInquiry Name
26/03/2014 Debt recovery in NSW (Commenced)
16/02/2012 Law reform issues regarding synthetic drugs (Completed)

No inquiries were undertaken by the committee in past parliaments.

Submissions invited (click to show)

  • Public submissions are usually placed on the Committee's web page. The Committee will consider requests for confidentiality. If you wish to discuss the confidentiality of your submission prior to lodging it, please contact the committee secretariat.
  • Prior to lodging submissions please read: Preparing Submissions to Parliamentary Committee Inquiries   PDF, 103Kb.
  • Submissions received by the Committee become Committee documents and attract parliamentary privilege. If you republish or distribute a submission, including your own, it will not be a privileged publication as authorised by the Committee. After the Committee has published it, you may include a link to the submission on the Parliament’s website. Information about privilege is contained within the brochure. Please contact the Secretariat if you wish to discuss how parliamentary privilege may affect you.
  • The Legal Affairs Committee is currently receiving submissions in respect of the following:

    Reports and government responses (click to show)

    During the current parliament, the committee has or plans to table the following reports:
    Report DateName of the report
    30/05/2013Law reform issues regarding synthetic drugs

    Members (click to show)

    Chair: Mr Bryan DOYLE (Lib, LA Member).
    Deputy Chair: Mr Dominic PERROTTET (Lib, LA Member).
    Members:Mr Clayton BARR (ALP, LA Member)
     Mr Stephen BROMHEAD (Nat, LA Member)
     Ms Sonia HORNERY (ALP, LA Member)

    Contact (click to show)

    Main contactDr Abigail Groves(02) 9230 3438(02) 9230 3052legalaffairs@parliament.nsw.gov.au
    Committee OfficerSasha Shevtsova(02) 9230 2737(02) 9230 3309legalaffairs@parliament.nsw.gov.au
    DirectorElaine Schofield(02) 9230 2226(02) 9230 3052legalaffairs@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Postal address (click to show)

    Legal Affairs Committee
    Parliament House
    Macquarie Street
    Sydney NSW 2000

    Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

    Resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly on 22 June 2011, Votes and Proceedings No 23, Item 11.

    That, notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders:

    (1) A Specialist Standing Committee, to be known as the Legal Affairs Committee be appointed to inquire into and report on any proposal, matter or thing concerned with legal affairs in New South Wales.

    Initiation of inquiries

    (2) The Committee may be referred an inquiry by resolution of the House or in writing from a Minister.

    (3) The Committee may initiate an inquiry on its own motion and report on any proposal, matter or thing relevant to its functions, including an annual report or petition.

    (4) The Committee shall take care not to duplicate an inquiry into any matters under examination by a portfolio committee or another standing committee of the House, and any question arising in this connection may be referred to the House for determination.


    (5) The Committee consist of five members, comprising:

    (a) three members supporting the Government (one of whom shall be the Chair);
    (b) two members not supporting the Government.

    (6) The following members of the Legislative Assembly be appointed to serve on the Committee: Mr Clayton Barr, Mr Stephen Bromhead, Mr Bryan Doyle, Ms Sonia Hornery and Mr Dominic Perrottet.


    (7) The Committee have the power to appoint sub-committees, consisting of three members, and to refer to a sub-committee any of the matters which the Committee is empowered to consider. In this regard, the sub-committee may be responsible for conducting hearings, briefings, visits of inspections and other activities but cannot make decisions concerning the conduct of an inquiry, such as the selection of witnesses, and the Committee’s reports.

    (8) The Committee and any sub-committee have power to send for persons and documents, to move from place to place, and to meet and transact business during the sittings or any adjournment of the House, and despite any prorogation of the Houses of Parliament.

    (9) A sub-committee have at least one member supporting the Government and one member not supporting the Government, and a quorum for a sub-committee shall be at least two members.

    Visits of inspection

    (10) The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.