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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 from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds


1.18 Submissions were generally of the view that people from CALD backgrounds face significant barriers seeking access to the law and justice. While these barriers will be dealt with more fully in subsequent chapters, they can be summarised as follows:
  • language barriers and a lack of interpreters and translated materials
  • low literacy
  • high levels of literacy required for dealing with the legal system
  • racism
  • lack of awareness of services and procedures
  • lack of understanding of legal system and processes
  • lack of access to computers and computer literacy
  • fear of authority, particularly for immigrants from war torn countries
  • lack of personal services.20

1.19 Roundtable participants noted that different ethnic groups have different needs, views and expectations, according to the country from where they have come.21

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

20  Law and Justice Foundation of NSW roundtable with community and non-government organisations, 16 October 2002.
21  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