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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 in rural, regional and remote areas


1.30 Submissions and consultations agreed with the Foundation’s Background Paper, which identified that people in rural, regional and remote areas face problems in terms of accessibility to legal services, courts, tribunals, and appropriate intermediaries and early intervention services, as well as limited access to internet based services. Legal issues which were specifically identified as being common in rural and regional areas included:
  • Telecommunication related issues36
  • Debt and financial issues, including foreclosures for farmers.37


Submission from Communications Law Centre.
Overcoming Barriers - A National Pro Bono Workshop, Sydney, 15 August 2002.

36  Submission from Communications Law Centre.
37  Overcoming Barriers - A National Pro Bono Workshop, Sydney, 15 August 2002.


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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