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Law Access NSW


Table 14:  Percentage of inquiries by area of law
LawAccess NSW, 2002
Area of law
BroadSpecific%
FamilyTotal Family26.7
CrimeGeneral crime9.8
Domestic violence3.1
Traffic offences3.9
Total Crime16.8
CivilBusiness/Media1.8
Consumers5.6
Credit/Debt7.1
Employment5.8
Government/Legal system3.1
Health/Human rights1.1
Housing7.8
Motor vehicles2.4
Personal injury3.8
Wills/Estates6.4
Other11.6
Total Civil56.5
Total (%)100
Total (No.)61 046


Figure 8:  Percentage of inquiries by area of law
LawAccess NSW, 2002

Source:  LawAccess NSW (unpublished data).

Comment
  • Civil Law accounted for the highest proportion of inquiries (56%), followed by Family Law (27%) and Criminal Law (17%).
  • In terms of types of Criminal Law, approximately 1 in 5 inquiries related to domestic violence and 1 in 4 related to traffic offences.
  • In terms of types of Civil Law, housing accounted for the highest proportion of all inquiries (8%), followed by credit/debt (7%), wills/estates (6%), consumers (6%) and employment (6%).


  


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Scott, S, Eyland, A , Gray, A, Zhou, A & Coumarelos, C 2004, Data digest, a compendium of services usage data from NSW legal assistance and dispute resolution services 1999-2002, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney, 2004