Policy Statement - Justice Impact Assessments
12 September 2013
This Policy Statement proposes the adoption by the Commonwealth of a national justice impact assessment process.
Broadly, this process would require Commonwealth Government Departments and Agencies to consider the potential impacts that a proposed legislative or regulatory change may have on the justice system.
This includes impacts on:
- the nature and extent of legal inquiries and disputes;
- access to legal assistance services including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services; community legal centres, family violence prevention legal services, legal aid commissions and alternative dispute resolution processes;
- the resources or workload of the federal courts and tribunals; and
- the cost of or access to criminal or civil justice system as a whole.
Justice impact assessments would extend the existing Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) process to analysis of costs and impacts on the justice system.