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Guilty Plea Reforms and Impact on Backlog - 6 December 2017

The NSW Bar Association said the reforms, which are aimed at encouraging offenders to plead guilty to crimes early, will not reduce the enormous backlog in the District Court, which deals with the majority of serious criminal cases. More funding for judges and appropriate legal representatives is required. > More

Young and working hard to get out of long-term unemployment - 6 December 2017

Close to one in five unemployed young people have been out of work for at least a year despite trying just as hard as older jobseekers to find employment, a report has found. > More

Doctors, lawyers join call to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 - 29 November 2017

Doctors and Aboriginal legal groups are leading a push to convince all state and territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years old. > More

Plea for Premier to reverse disability funding cuts as pressure mounts - 22 November 2017

The state government is under increasing pressure to reverse a total funding cut to dozens of NSW organisations that advocate for people with a disability, as Queensland follows suit and the state opposition commits to maintaining the funding. > More

Prisoners living with Acquired Brain Injury - 8 November 2017

The overall population with acquired brain injuries (ABI) are two per cent, yet a study by Victoria Corrections found that 42 per cent of male prisoners and 33 per cent of female prisoners have an ABI. > More

Whatever it takes? Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services: Key findings and future directions - 7 November 2017

The study reported here draws on the experiences ofwomen with disabilities who have experienced violence and abuse and used tertiary response services. It situates the perspectives of women with disabilities within case study sites-domestic and family violence (DFV) and two specialist models that provide tertiary response services to people with disabilities and expands on the promising practice within these services through action research with local groups formed from the sites. This research has informed the development of recommendations and guidelines for improved access and effective practice. > More

Magistrate David Heilpern speaks of vicarious trauma in Tristan Jepson lecture - 1 November 2017

David Heilpern has given a revealing account of the trauma associated with presiding over horrific criminal trials. > More

Banned drivers can now apply to have licence returned in NSW - 1 November 2017

Drivers banned from the roads in NSW can now apply to have their disqualifications overturned under new laws. > More

Online ombudsman for everyday claims, not a Rolls-Royce court: Sir Anthony Mason - 25 October 2017

Former High Court chief justice Sir Anthony Mason, AC, KBE, has criticised the legal system as prohibitively expensive, calling for the introduction of an online ombudsman-style scheme to deal with disputes separate to the "Rolls-Royce" courts. > More

Law&Justice Foundation's 2017 Justice Awards - 25 October 2017

The Justice Awards were held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at NSW Parliament House. The Hon. Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM, Foundation patron and former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, gave the 2017 Law and Justice Address. > More

Peak body welcomes specialist domestic violence unit funding - 25 October 2017

The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC), the peak body for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Australia, welcomed the Attorney-General's announcement of additional funding for six Community Legal Centres to establish and expand specialist domestic violence units. > More

Aboriginal Legal Service Moree, Dharriwaa Elders Group and Gilbert and Tobin win Pro Bono Partnership Award - 25 October 2017

Moree's Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) has taken out a major gong at the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW's 2017 Justice Awards for helping to improve housing conditions for disadvantaged indigenous people as part of a collaborative project. > More

NSW Bar Association calls for special treatment of Indigenous offenders in courts - 27 September 2017

The New South Wales Bar Association wants Aboriginal offenders to be given special consideration by the courts in a bid to keep them out of jail. > More

Financial Rights Legal Centre launches new Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver - 17 July 2017

The Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver can help people through the complications, pitfalls and hurdles of car insurance. Click on the Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver button, answer a few simple questions and the Problem Solver will lead you to the actions you should take and provide you with all advice, sample letters, detailed fact sheets you require. And if you really get stuck you can always email us your unique and tricky question. > More

Aboriginal Legal Service Announces New Organisation Structure - 23 June 2017

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) has announced an organisational restructure which will build a stronger, more efficient organisation in order to meet the increasing demands for high quality legal and support services for Aboriginal people in need. > More

Community Legal Centres welcome NSW Government Funding Boost in Budget 2017 - 23 June 2017

The 2017-18 NSW Budget confirms the NSW government's commitment to increasing access to justice in NSW, in the form of an additional $6 million over two years. > More

NLAF Project Manager Position Recruitment - Applications due by 7 July 2017 - 23 June 2017

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW seeks to appoint a part-time Project Manager to provide secretariat and project management support to the New South Wales Legal Assistance Forum (NLAF > More

Human Rights Commission welcomes new President - 21 June 2017

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC today announced Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM will be the Commission's next President.Professor Croucher has been with the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) for more than 10 years, almost eight of those as President. > More

Law Council of Australia - Political Attacks on Courts a Worrying Trend - 14 June 2017

The Law Council, speaking on behalf of the Australian legal profession, is calling for an end to political attacks on the judiciary, especially in cases where they might be perceived to interfere with matters currently before the courts. > More

Law and Justice Foundation Research Alert - Impact of Legal Problems on Small Businesses - 14 June 2017

Among LAW Survey respondents, 13% of business owners reported business-related legal problems in the previous 12 months. Of these problems, 65% resulted in adverse consequences such as loss of income, through to stress-related illness, physical ill-health and relationship breakdown. This paper highlights the need to support businesses to deal with legal problems in the round. > More

PIAC - Health Care and Immigration Detention Video - 8 June 2017

In this video Senior Solicitor, Jane Leibowitz explains five things you may not know about health care and immigration detention. > More