Access to justice and legal needs research program: Terms of reference
To identify the particular legal and access to justice needs of economically and socially disadvantaged people in NSW.
The program examines the ability of disadvantaged people to:
- obtain legal assistance (including legal information, basic legal advice, initial legal assistance and legal representation)
- participate effectively in the legal system (including access to courts, tribunals and formal alternative dispute resolution mechanisms)
- obtain assistance from non-legal advocacy and support (including non-legal early intervention and preventative mechanisms, non-legal forms of redress, and community-based justice)
- participate effectively in law reform processes.
The program involves both qualitative and quantitative investigations into:
- legal issues encountered by disadvantaged people
- services and processes to deal with these problems
- barriers that obstruct access
- useful services and processes not provided by the legal system.