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


List of Submissions, Consultations and Conferences Attended

Submissions were received from the following organisations and individuals:
  • Peter Foster-Bunch, Legal Access Services Pty Ltd
  • Legal Counselling and Referral Centre, St John's Anglican Church Darlinghurst
  • Nolene Baker
  • Alan Doyle, Court Support Scheme (Verbal submission)
  • New South Wales Law Reform Commission — the following reports were provided by the Commission as part of its submission:
    • NSW Law Reform Commission, People with an Intellectual Disability and the Criminal Justice System: Consultation, Research Report 3, Sydney, February 1993
    • NSW Law Reform Commission, Review of the Disability Services Act 1993 (NSW) and the Community Services (Complaints, Appeals and Monitoring) Act 1993 (NSW), Research Report 9, Sydney, May 1999
    • NSW Law Reform Commission, Evaluation of the NSW Law Reform Commission's consultation processes in the review of the DSA and CAMA, Sydney, February 2000
  • NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
  • Adam Johnston
  • North and North West Community Legal Service Inc
  • Communications Law Centre — The following report was provided by the Centre as part of its submission:
  • Communications Law Centre, In the Loop research project, May 2001
  • Public Trustee New South Wales
  • Macquarie Legal Centre
  • Energy and Water Ombudsman New South Wales
  • People with Disabilities
  • Women's Legal Resource Centre
  • Department for Women
  • Public Interest Advocacy Centre — the following materials were provided by the centre as part of its submission:
  • Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, Discrimination … have you got all day? ­– Indigenous women, discrimination and complaints processes in NSW, Sydney, December, 2001
  • Duffy, D., Working the System – A guide for citizens, consumers and communities, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Sydney, 1996
  • Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association
  • Youth Action and Policy Association of NSW
  • Youth Justice Coalition — the following materials and reports were provided by the Coalition as part of its submission:
  • Youth Justice Coalition, Kids and the Maze – Submission to the ALRC/HREOC Inquiry into Children and the Legal Process, Sydney, December 1996
  • Turner, S., Young People's Experiences of the Young Offenders Act, Youth Justice Coalition, Sydney, July 1992
  • National Women's Justice Coalition
  • Dennis Bluth, Abbott Tout, Solicitors
  • Law Society of NSW
  • NSW Attorney General's Department
  • Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department — the following materials were provided as part of the Department's submission:
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Managing Justice – A review of the federal civil justice system, Report No. 89, Canberra, 2000
  • Family Law Pathways Advisory Group, Out of the Maze – Pathways to the Future for Families Experiencing Separation, Report to the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Canberra, July 2001
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Accessibility of Electronic Commerce and New Service and Information Technologies for Older Australians and People with a Disability, Report, Sydney, March 2000
  • National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, Report to the Attorney General – A framework for ADR standards, Canberra, April 2001
  • National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council and Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, A fair say – Managing Differences in Mediation and Conciliation – A guide for all involved, 1999
  • National Pro Bono Task Force, Report to the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Canberra, 14 June 2001
  • Inner West Tenants Advice Service
  • NSW Commission for Children & Young People — the following report was provided by the Commission as part of its submission:
  • New South Wales Commission for Children and Young People, Inquiry into Children with No-one to turn to, 2001, http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/files
  • Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre — the following report was provided by the centre as its submission:
  • Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre Inc, … Such a long way – The effects of the Legal Process on the victims of the Glenbrook train accident, Sydney, September 2000
  • Centrelink
  • Coalition of Aboriginal Legal Services
  • Queensland Children Services Tribunal
  • NSW Legal Aid Commission

Consultations were conducted with the following individuals on behalf of their respective organisations:
  • Ms. Janet Loughman, Chairperson, New South Wales Combined Community Legal Centres Group, 29 April 2002
  • Ms. Rugmini Venkatraman, Regional Violence Prevention Specialist, NSW Attorney General's Department, 13 May 2002
  • Ms. Donna Bain, Manager, Policy and Research, Law Society of New South Wales, 31 May 2002
  • As a result of this consultation and subsequent roundtable consultation meetings with Law Society of NSW Committees, the Society provided and referred to the following reports for consideration in this process:
  • Law Society of New South Wales, Access to Justice – Final Report, Sydney, December 1998
  • Law Society of New South Wales, National Competition Policy – A discussion paper, Sydney, March 2002
  • Law Society of New South Wales, Self-Represented Litigants – position paper, Sydney, May 2002.
  • Mr. Mark Burdack, Director, LawAccess, 25 June 2002
  • Ms. Brigid Inder, Director, New South Wales Combined Community Legal Centres Group, 26 June 2002
  • Mr. Phil O'Donoghue, Deputy Director, Australian Council of Social Service, 2 July 2002
  • Mr. Alan Kirkland, Director, New South Wales Council for Social Service, 5 July 2002
  • Mr. James McDougall, Director, National Association of Community Legal Centres, 8 July 2002
  • Dr. Patricia Ranald, Principal Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 16 August 2002
  • Ms. Julia Harraksin, Co-ordinator, Disability Strategic Plan, NSW Attorney-General's Department, 19 August 2002
  • Mr. Brendan Thomas, Executive Officer, Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council, 26 August 2002
  • Mr. Tony Westmore, Director, Indigenous Law Centre, 28 August 2002
  • Mr. Peter Hennessy, Executive Director, New South Wales Law Reform Commission, 6 September 2002
  • Ms. Andrea Durback (Director), Mr. Simon Moran (Principal Solicitor), Ms. Alexis Goodstone (Solicitor) and Ms. Sandra Stevenson (Solicitor, Public Interest Law Clearing House), Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 9 September 2002
  • Mr. Gordon Renouf, Director, National Pro Bono Resource Centre, 11 September 2002
  • Ms. Lani Blackman, Manager, Policy and Secretariat, Australian Law Reform Commission, 13 December 2002
  • As a result of this consultation, the Commission provided and referred to the following reports and materials for consideration in this process:
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Multiculturalism and the law, Report No. 57, Canberra, 1992
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Equality before the Law: Justice for Women Report No. 69, Canberra, 1994
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Seen and Heard: Priority for children in the legal process, Report No. 84, Canberra, 1997
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Managing Justice – A review of the federal civil justice system, Report No. 89, Canberra, 2000
  • Opeskin, B., Engaging the public – community participation in the genetic information inquiry, Australian Law Reform Commission, Reform, Issue 80 2002, Sydney

The following roundtable consultation meetings were conducted as part of this stage of the project:
  • National Association of Community Legal Centres (as part of the National Community Legal Centres Conference), 3 September 2002
  • New South Wales Chamber Magistrates, 23 September 2002
  • Law Society of NSW Family Law Committee, 9 October 2002
  • NCOSS Federation of non-government associations, 16 October 2002
  • Law Society of NSW Regional Presidents, 24 October 2002
  • Law Society of NSW Law and Litigation Committee, 29 October 2002
  • NSW Combined Community Legal Centres (as part of the NSW CCLCG State Conference), 27 November 2002
  • Participating organisations in the abovementioned roundtable consultations for NCOSS Federation of non-government associations and the NSW Combined Community Legal Centres included:
  • Canterbury Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre
  • CRC Justice Support
  • People With Disabilities
  • NSW Council on Intellectual Disability
  • Tranby College
  • Association of Children's Welfare Agencies
  • Mental Health Co-ordinating Council
  • NSW Users & Aids Association
  • Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Service
  • Kingsford Legal Centre
  • Marrickville Community Legal Centre
  • Macquarie Legal Centre
  • Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre
  • Albury-Wodonga Community Legal Service
  • Environment Defenders Office
  • Inner West Tenants Advice Service
  • Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre
  • Redfern Legal Centre
  • North and North West Community Legal Centre
  • Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre
  • Hunter Community Legal Centre
  • Disability Discrimination Legal Centre
  • Arts Law Centre of Australia

Relevant conferences and forums attended as part of the consultation strategy:
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Annual Conference, Access to Justice — The Way Forward, Brisbane, 12–14 July 2002
  • NCOSS Scales of Justice Conference, Sydney, 24–25 July 2002
  • Overcoming Barriers — A National Pro Bono Workshop, Sydney, 15 August 2002
  • NCOSS Forum: The State We're In, Sydney, 21 August 2002
  • National Community Legal Centres Conference, Melbourne, 2–4 September 2002
  • Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Consumer Consultative Forum, Sydney, 5 November 2002
  • Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference, Sydney, 9–11 December 2002
  • NCOSS Advocacy! Conference, Sydney, 12 March 2003


  


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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