find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Victorian justice review welcomed

Victorian justice review welcomed

The Victorian State Government’s Access to Justice Review, which will improve vulnerable Victorians' access to legal assistance services, has been welcomed by the industry.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula MP announced the review last week, which is aimed at reducing barriers to dispute resolution and improving access to legal assistance services.

The Victorian Bar welcomed the news, with president James Peters QC saying: “Access to justice for Victorians is an issue of fundamental importance. The Victorian Bar has and will make important contributions to help solve the challenges facing all who need legal representation.”

The Victorian Bar plans to make submissions under the terms of reference and will look to ways of reducing costs, increasing efficiency and providing assistance to those who need it most.

The Law Institute of Victoria is also pleased about the inquiry, which will look at ways to support disadvantaged Victorians through the legal assistance sector including Community Legal Centres and Victoria Legal Aid.

LIV vice-president Belinda Wilson said: “Too many people are struggling with access to justice because they cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for scarce legal aid funding.”

She continued: “This review is extremely timely in looking at how to provide legal assistance to our most vulnerable including victims of family violence, young people, and people with a disability or mental illness.”

Ms Wilson said this review builds on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission Access to Justice Inquiry, which recommended a $200 million injection of funds into the legal system last year.

She also said the LIV believes the review should consider other broad ranging reforms, such as contingency fees, legal expense insurance and more services for self-represented litigants.

Like this story? Read more:

Bachelorette spoiler lawsuit fizzles out

Law Society of NSW elections see young lawyers step up

Gender pay gap brought to light

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Victorian justice review welcomed
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...