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MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Australia’s access to justice crisis laid bare: national Justice Project releases papers, starts listening tour

The Law Council of Australia has today said that countless Australians are being denied access to justice as its national Justice Project moves into the consultation phase.

The Justice Project, announced earlier this year by President Fiona McLeod SC, is a comprehensive national review into the state of access to justice in Australia; focusing on challenges for the most vulnerable.

Consultation papers, overseen by a Steering Committee of eminent lawyers, academics and jurists including former High Court Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French AC, will be distributed nationally for feedback.

The papers relate to 13 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; asylum seekers; people who experience family violence; and people in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The consultation will also involve a listening tour as dozens of discussions are scheduled Australia-wide over the next two months. 

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