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Access to justice and legal needs. Stage 1: public consultations  ( 2003 )  Cite this report

Ch 1. Who is disadvantaged in seeking access to justice?



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People facing multiple disadvantage


1.45 Several of the submissions noted that there are particular issues for people with multiple disadvantages. Concern was expressed that the needs and issues confronted by such people are often missed or neglected by specific inquiries into particular disadvantaged groups.56

1.46 Analysis of access to justice needs resulting from additional disadvantage should be undertaken when considering the needs of a particular group. Specific groups identified as needing further legal needs research included:

  • young people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • young people with disabilities
  • people with intellectual disability or mental illness within the prison system
  • prisoners who are elderly
  • Indigenous people with disabilities
  • Indigenous gays, lesbians and transgender people
  • Indigenous young people in juvenile detention centres57
  • people with disabilities from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background58
  • people with disabilities who are gay, lesbian or transgender.59


Law and Justice Foundation of NSW roundtable with community and non-government organisations, 16 October 2002.
Ibid.
Submission from People with Disabilities.
Ibid.

56  Law and Justice Foundation of NSW roundtable with community and non-government organisations, 16 October 2002.
57  Ibid.
58  Submission from People with Disabilities.
59  Ibid.


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Schetzer, L. & Henderson, J 2003, Public consultations: a project to identify legal needs, pathways and barriers for disadvantaged people in NSW, Access to justice and legal needs vol. 1, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney