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Access to justice and legal needs. Stage 1: public consultations  ( 2003 )  Cite this report

Ch 6. Suggested areas for further research



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Issues relating to the accessibility of law reform processes


6.15 The New South Wales Council of Social Service recommended research in the form of an analysis or audit of Law Reform Commission and parliamentary inquiries over the last ten years to investigate the inclusiveness of their processes for disadvantaged groups or individuals. Such research could investigate the extent to which individuals or non-government organisations participated or made submissions, the use of specialist focus groups for such inquiries, and the methods of direct consultation with particular disadvantaged groups that were utilised in those inquiries. The research could also explore the extent to which the terms of reference and background issues papers were made available in alternative formats, to encourage a greater level of participation by disadvantaged individuals.15

Consultation with Mr. Alan Kirkland, Director, New South Wales Council of Social Service (NCOSS), 5 July 2002.

15  Consultation with Mr. Alan Kirkland, Director, New South Wales Council of Social Service (NCOSS), 5 July 2002.


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Schetzer, L. & Henderson, J 2003, Public consultations: a project to identify legal needs, pathways and barriers for disadvantaged people in NSW, Access to justice and legal needs vol. 1, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney