NSW Legal Needs Survey in disadvantaged areas: Newcastle, Justice issues paper 7
Justice made to measure: NSW legal needs survey in disadvantaged areas (2006) is the report of a large-scale quantitative study of the legal needs of disadvantaged people in six local government areas of New South Wales. More than 2400 residents across the regions were interviewed about their legal needs. This report was preceded by an initial study Quantitative legal needs survey: Bega Valley (pilot) (2003). There now follows a series of papers in the Justice Issues imprint. Six individual papers will describe how disadvantaged people deal with legal problems, detailing the responses from one of the regions surveyed: Campbelltown, Fairfield, Nambucca, Newcastle, South Sydney and Walgett.......
Structure of report
This report will give a brief overview of the study methods and a profile of the six LGAs sampled for the survey. This will be followed by background information regarding the levels and types of expressed legal need in Newcastle LGA, as shown by calls to LawAccess and contact with the Legal Aid service. The report will then provide details of the findings from the survey for Newcastle with respect to:
- the incidence of legal events
- the distribution of the events across the broad areas of law (civil, criminal and family)
- major legal events type (e.g. business, accident/injury or housing)
- what the survey participants did about their legal issues
- type of help sought
- problems encountered when seeking assistance
- satisfaction with help received.