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Review of the federal civil justice system : Comments

By David Weisbrot, published 15/9/1999

David Weisbrot discusses access to justice issues from a Review of the federal civil justice system

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I am pleased to hear of the recommendations of the LRC regarding judicial accountability.

I am a law student and have also been involved as a party in protracted WA Family Court proceedings- 39 hearings- and no trial. I am resident in QLD but the proceedings continue to be in WA and repeated requests for a transfer to QLD have been unsuccessful. I have no legal representation.

I am trying to point out here the difficulty that the 'average person' must encounter when attempting to bring any possible 'iregularities' in proceedure, to the attention of the relevant agencies for consideration.

The whole complaint process is complex, bewildering, and requires good communication skills and certainly some legal knowledge.There is no acknowledgment of the progress of the complaint or its legitimacy. A range of agencies consider different aspects of the matter and it is necessary to approach each one with the same information.

In short, the 'average person' does not stand a chance.

Do you expect that the difficulties I have referred to will be overcome by the new proposals?
Posted by olivia, Saturday, 22 October 2005 1:10:01 PM
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