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Access to justice and legal needs. Stage 1: public consultations   

, 2003 Summarises the responses received as a result of submissions and consultations on legal needs and barriers to access to justice.


Homeless people


1.41 The disadvantaged position of homeless people in relation to accessing legal services and the legal system was also identified in the consultation process.52

1.42 The Legal Counselling and Referral Centre (LCRC), operating out of St. John’s Church in Darlinghurst, Inner Sydney, was specifically established in response to the issues relating to homeless people and their interaction with the law and legal system. In their submission, the service details some of the particular issues which impact on the legal needs of homeless people:


1.43 The LCRC also noted that issues of mental illness, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol dependency are often associated with homelessness, and present further issues of disadvantage.54

Submission from the Inner West Tenancy Advice Service, Overcoming Barriers - A National Pro Bono Workshop, Sydney, 15 August 2002.
Submission from Legal Counselling and Referral Centre.
Ibid.

52  Submission from the Inner West Tenancy Advice Service, Overcoming Barriers - A National Pro Bono Workshop, Sydney, 15 August 2002.
53  Submission from Legal Counselling and Referral Centre.
54  Ibid.