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The 306 survey participants experienced a total of 572 individual legal events in the twelve months prior to the survey, at an average of 1.8 events per participant. One hundred and thirty-one participants (43 per cent) experienced two or more legal events.
Legal events were grouped into 17 categories. The most common types of events experienced were Housing (16 per cent of all events) Criminal Law (12 per cent) and Wills and Estates (9 per cent) events. The largest proportions of survey participants (respectively, 25 per cent for Housing, 19 per cent for Criminal Law and 16 per cent for Wills and Estates) also experienced these three types of events.
The individual event types that were most commonly experienced were a dispute with neighbours (13 per cent of all participants), having something stolen or vandalised (11 per cent), making or altering a will (10 per cent) and buying or selling a property (10 per cent).
Age, disability and income all influenced whether participants experienced any legal events. Participants without a disability, participants earning under $200 per week and participants aged 65 and over were significantly less likely to experience any legal events than other participants.