Note: the original hard copy of this report is 361 pages .

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Legal Australia-Wide Survey: Legal need in Australia   

, 2012 The Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey) provides the first comprehensive quantitative assessment across Australia of an extensive range of legal needs on a representative sample of the population. It examines the nature of legal problems, the pathways to their resolution, and the demographic groups that struggle with the weight of their legal problems.

5. Response to legal problems

As already discussed, Australian respondents were asked in-depth questions about their most serious legal problems — a pool of 19 388 problems.(1) A series of these questions asked about the actions they took to try to resolve these legal problems. Respondents provided information on their actions in response to 19 142 of these problems. This chapter describes the actions taken in response to these 19 142 problems and also examines the respondent and problem characteristics that were associated with different types of actions.

1. See Chapter 2, ‘Method: Survey instrument’ section for further details about how this pool of most serious problems was selected. Note also that, as a result of rounding weighted data, some numbers and percentages in the report do not sum precisely to totals.