Access to Justice

2016/17 Annual Report

Law Access Limited has gone from strength to strength in the past year, having now been running for two and a half years. The Committee receives reports from Law Access Limited, including in relation to its Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Lawyers for Refugees Network. Law Access again organised a very successful Walk for Justice during Law Week, which raised much-needed funds for Law Access.

The Convenor represented the Law Society on the Law Council of Australia Access to Justice Committee, coordinating the policy positions taken at a State and National level on relevant issues.

The Committee continued to support the Law Council of Australia’s Legal Aid Matters campaign as it moved into phases two and three, related to candidates for election, as well as the State-based campaign related to the WA election and the threatened de-funding of Community Legal Centres. It was assisted by the Productivity Commission Report on its Inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements which had been presented late in 2015 and which the Law Society, through various committees, had reviewed and summarised. The Convenor represented the Law Society with the Law Council Australia in relation to that campaign.

The Convenor attended the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono conference in Adelaide in March 2017 and provided a briefing to United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People on the McGlade Full Federal Court decision on Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au