Inquiry into Legal Aid and Access to Justice
On 17 June 2003, the Senate referred the following inquiry to the Senate
Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by
3 March 2004. The Committee tabled an
Interim Report (Word 38KB) on
25 May 2004 and intends to table its final report on or before 8
Terms of Reference
The capacity of current legal aid and access to justice arrangements
to meet the community need for legal assistance, including:
(a) the performance of current arrangements in achieving
national equity and uniform access to justice across Australia, including
in outer-metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas;
(b) the implications of current arrangements in particular
types of matters, including criminal law matters, family law matters
and civil law matters; and
(c) the impact of current arrangements on the wider community,
including community legal services, pro bono legal services, court and
tribunal services and levels of self-representation.
The closing date for lodgement of submissions with the Committee is Thursday
21 August 2003. Submissions become Committee documents and are only
made public after a decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of
submissions is not covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance
can be obtained by phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.
The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic
form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure that a postal address and phone number is enclosed with
all email submissions.
Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.
Final Report - Tabled 8 June 2004
A Government Response was presented out of session on 3
February 2006. Please contact the Senate Table Office for this
For further information
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee
Room S1.61, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 3560
Fax: (02) 6277 5794