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Impact of federal court fee increases since 2010 on access to justice in Australia

Impact of federal court fee increases since 2010 on access to justice in Australia

17 June 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
ISBN 978-1-74229-848-1

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 27KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 8KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND (PDF 28KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Background
Recent fee increases in the federal courts
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgement
Structure of the report
Note on references

 
CHAPTER 2 - ACCESS TO JUSTICE POLICY CONSIDERATIONS (PDF 54KB)

Philosophical approach to 'access to justice'
Court fees and cost recovery
'Price signalling'
Equitable access to the court system
Application of revenue from court fees
Broader context of the overall costs of litigation
Policy development process for setting court fees

 
CHAPTER 3 - IMPACT OF COURT FEE INCREASES SINCE 2010 (PDF 52KB)

Filing levels in the federal courts since 2010
Impact of court fee increases on low and medium-income individuals
Families and family law matters
Impact on businesses and corporations
Impact on government agencies taking regulatory action
Other impacts of federal court fee increases

 
CHAPTER 4 - COMMITTEE VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 28KB)

Reasonableness of federal court fee increases since 2010
Policy process
Application of fee revenue
Reinstatement of fee exemptions and waivers

 
CHAIR'S VIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 34KB)

Introduction
Reasonableness of court fee increases since 2010
Court fees policy matters
Fee exemptions

 
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY COALITION SENATORS (PDF 12KB)

Revenue measure
Access to justice
Lack of consultation

 
APPENDIX 1 - SUBMISSIONS PUBLISHED ON THE COMMITTEE'S WEBSITE (PDF 7KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE (PDF 4KB)

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Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

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