Countless people do not have access to justice in NSW. Now you have the chance to share your experiences with the justice system as part of The Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project.
The Justice Project is a comprehensive national review into the state of access to justice in Australia, supported by The Law Society of NSW, that focuses on the challenges faced by the most vul nerable people in our community.
Consultation papers, overseen by a Steering Committee of eminent lawyers, academics and jurists including former High Court Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French AC, has been released today for feedback.
The papers relate to the below groups identified in the terms of reference as facing significant social and economic disadvantage:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- People with disability
- Older persons
- People experiencing economic disadvantage
- Homeless persons
- Children and young people
- Prisoners and detainees
- People who have been trafficked and exploited
- LGBTI people
- Recent arrivals to Australia and asylum seekers
- People who experience family violence; and
- People in regional and remote areas of Australia.
Contributions will be incorporated into the final report, the result of which will be the most comprehensive examination of the access to justice needs of vulnerable Australians in recent decades.
The President of the Law Society of NSW Pauline Wright says many disadvantaged and vulnerable people were falling through the cracks.
Access to justice for many in our community is out of reach,” Ms Wright said. “Only by identifying their legal needs and the barriers they face can we make the system fairer and more equitable.”
The Justice Project aims to reveal the human face of this crisis, highlighting the research with stories of hardship and hope.
The Justice Project will also tell the stories of the ‘unsung heroes’ of the legal assistance community, many of whom are finding innovative ways to assist clients.
Final recommendations will support an evidence-based policy approach which seeks to improve social outcomes rather than further entrenching disadvantage and cost to the community.
Submissions close 30 September 2017.
*Plain English and audio-assisted materials available.