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A new committee to uncover systemic flaws in access to justice

By March 28, 2017No Comments

By Sharla Stevens

Former Chief Justice French will oversee a new project, The Justice Project, which will conduct a comprehensive national review into the impediments to access to justice in Australia.

The Project aims to “uncover systemic flaws and ensure the path towards equal access to justice is clearly mapped out.” There will be a particular focus on how issues are affecting key groups, such as the elderly, young people, those living in rural or remote areas, the homeless and other marginalised groups.

The Project will accept written submissions and/or consultations from individuals and organisations, which will assist them to form insights into the current potential impediments to equal access to justice. It will then review the case studies and form constructive recommendations for future action.

It is intended that the Project’s findings will be released by the end of November 2017.

President of the Law Council of Australia, Fiona McLeod SC, has made a statement that “A person’s formal right to justice and equal treatment before the law is of no value if he or she cannot effectively access the legal system or secure protection of basic rights.”

See the full article at http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/20716-former-cj-to-steer-new-justice-committee

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