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Welcome to the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW is an independent statutory body working to improve access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people ... read more

Uptake of legal self-help resources
New analysis of the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey dataset examining respondents' use of self-help resources (SHRs) for legal problems reveals important findings for legal assistance service policy and practice ... read more

Download Justice Issues paper 30 | See infographic

2018 Collaborative Planning Resource
The 2018 Collaborative Planning Resource (CPR) uses 2016 ABS Census data and includes data on the Need for Legal Assistance Service (NLAS) indicators which provide a count of the distribution of potential need for not-for-profit legal assistance services.
See Collaborative Planning Resource page
Download 2018 CPR flyer | See YouTube video

Designing legal needs surveys
Legal needs surveys are the most reliable way to gain an understanding of the legal needs of the community but design is key to their usefulness. This paper explores the factors that need to be taken into account, such as who should participate? What sort of questions should be asked? What types of problems should be examined? ... read more | Download Justice Issues paper 31

Quantifying the legal and broader life impacts of domestic and family violence
New analysis of the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey reveals that respondents who had experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) reported 20 legal problems on average in the preceding 12 months, compared to only 2 legal problems for the rest of the population. Their legal problems were also more likely to have greater adverse knock-on effects on their physical and mental health, housing and income ... read more
Download Justice Issues paper 32 | See media release
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Triage principles in legal assistance
Triage provides a means for prioritising clients and matching them appropriately with available legal assistance services. Our report features a matrix that maps triage practice by type of entry point into the legal service. The report was developed to support Legal Aid NSW undertake a review of their client intake and triage processes ... read more | Download report

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