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Legal Aid NSW Duty Solicitor Service


Table 13:  Percentage of inquiries by area of lawa and year
Legal Aid NSW Duty Solicitor Service, 2000-2002
Area of law200020012002All
BroadSpecific%%%%
FamilyTotal Family1.21.21.61.3
CrimeTheft26.224.818.824.1
Assault13.113.912.613.3
Drugs6.364.75.9
Against justice procedures10.510.89.810.4
Offensive behaviour and malicious damage to property4.24.34.24.2
Robbery2.92.52.42.7
Other offences44.15.64.4
Domestic violence6.16.26.86.3
Traffic offences12.112.512.312.3
Crime - other4.12.92.53.3
Total Crime89.588.279.786.9
CivilGovernment/Legal system 89.216.610.3
Civil - other1.31.42.11.5
Total Civil9.310.618.711.8
Total (%)100100100100
Total (No.)103 62088 88851 814244 182


Figure 7:  Percentage of inquiries by area of law
Legal Aid NSW Duty Solicitor Service, 2000-2002

a  Due to the high percentage of crime related inquiries the Australian National Classification of Offences Code (ABS, 1985,
Catalogue No. 1234.0) has been used to classify the types of legal inquiries.
Note:  Phone counter inquiries excluded. See Appendix 1 for more details.
Source:  Legal Aid NSW (unpublished data).


Comment
  • The vast majority of matters dealt with related to Criminal Law (87%). This reflects the fact that the Duty Solicitor Service operates in Local Courts in NSW. The top five categories, in decreasing order of volume, were theft, assault, traffic offences, against justice procedures and government/legal system. Ninety-seven per cent of inquiries about government/legal system were about the legal system rather than government (e.g. going to court, legal procedure).
  • Based on the chi-square examining broad area of law by year, the proportion of Criminal Law matters handled by the Duty Solicitor Service decreased from 90 per cent in 2000 to 80 per cent in 2002. This was compensated for by an increase in Civil Law matters from 9 per cent in 2000 to 19 per cent in 2002. The proportion of Family Law inquiries was higher in 2002 than in 2000.
  • Based on the chi-square examining specific area of law by year, the proportion of inquiries dealing with domestic violence, other offences and government/legal system increased each year. The proportion of inquiries dealing with drugs, robbery and theft decreased each year. The proportion of inquiries concerning assault and against justice procedures was lower in 2002 than in 2000. There was little difference in offensive behaviour and malicious damage to property and traffic offences over the 3 years.


  


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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