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Submission to Inquiry into Access to Justice

Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service, (2009) Submission to Inquiry into Access to Justice. Submission to Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs’ Inquiry into Access to Justice .

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While we welcome the opportunity to contribute to your inquiry, given the work we are asked to do within our existing resources, a comprehensive and lengthy submission is not possible. However we would like to bring to your attention two major issues which we think need immediate attention.

1. The funding and sustainability of Community Legal Centres (CLC’s)

2. The funding and sustainability of Clinical Legal Education (CLEd)

You will no doubt receive submissions more broadly from the community legal sector, however, we hoped that it would be helpful to the Standing Committee for us to address some of the most important of those issues with local context and specific illustrations drawing on the casework undertaken by the staff and students of SCALES Community Legal Centre.

We would then like to turn our attention to clinical legal education and again drawing on our own experiences demonstrate the far reaching benefits of clinical legal education and therefore the reason it should be a central tenant of any strategy to increase access to justice.

In addressing these two major issues we are responding to terms of reference e) alternative means of delivering justice, in so far as clinical legal education is an alternative means and f) the adequacy of funding and resource arrangements for community legal centres.

Publication Type: Others
Murdoch Affiliation: Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service
School of Law
Publisher: Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service
Copyright: Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service
Publishers Website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Law/Clinical-L...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13516
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