About the Project
What is the Justice Project?
The Justice Project is a comprehensive national review into the state of access to justice in Australia.
The Project focuses on justice barriers facing those with significant social and economic disadvantage, as well as identifying what is working to reduce those barriers.
We want to take our access to justice crisis out of the realm of numbers and into the realm of lived experience by understanding how our most vulnerable people experience access to justice issues, and what needs to be done to deliver a fairer, more just system which delivers access to justice in Australia.
We also want to identify the considerable innovation that exists within the justice sector, despite the pressures that it is under.
Under the guidance of an expert Steering Committee, the final report will result in one of the most comprehensive examinations of the access to justice needs of vulnerable Australians in recent decades.
Steering Committee Membership
An expert Steering Committee has been established to guide The Justice Project.
Chaired by former Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French AC, it consists of eminent lawyers, jurists and academics.
Full Memberships is here.
Terms of Reference
The Justice Project is guided by a comprehensive Terms of Reference.
You can view the full Terms of Reference here.
Interim report to be released end of 2017, with a final report to follow.
What are the guiding principles of The Justice Project?
There are some important ideas and guiding principles behind The Justice Project including:
- The system for giving everyone in Australia access to justice should:
- treat people fairly and equally
- offer results that are fair
- be accessible to the people who need it
- respond to people's different needs
- have enough support so it can work well
- People who experience disadvantage should not miss out on taking part in the justice system
- The laws, policies and systems should not be a barrier that stops people who experience disadvantage from accessing justice
Equal access to justice for all - the aim of The Justice Project
The aim of The Justice Project is to understand the issues that stop people from accessing justice. We believe that all people should be treated equally by the law and be able to use the justice system and would like to ensure everyone has equal access to justice.
The Justice Project will identify:
- barriers that stop people having access to justice
- people who experience disadvantage
- the things that affect those people, including:
- systems for doing things
- what is being done to promote access to justice
The Justice Project is focusing on people who experience disadvantage to:
- collect as much information as possible
- find out what has been done before that worked well
- uncover areas we don’t know enough about
- develop a set of rules to guide the work we will do in the future
- make sure that the justice system and the law work better for people experiencing disadvantage
The Justice Project shines a light on access to justice issues, while uncovering systemic flaws and identifying gaps in access to justice.
It will reveal methods of addressing and dissolving those barriers to justice and help to create a path toward equal access to justice that is clear and easily accessible for Australians who experience disadvantage.
We should always look at the justice system from the people’s point of view, and base access to key services which underpin justice on what we know already works and what is necessary to meet their needs.