Civil and family law needs of Indigenous people in New South Wales: the priority areas

Cunneen, Chris, and Schwartz, Melanie (2009) Civil and family law needs of Indigenous people in New South Wales: the priority areas. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 32 (3). pp. 725-745.

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Abstract

This article sets out the findings of research conducted into the civil and family law needs of Indigenous people in NSW. The research, commissioned by Legal Aid NSW, involved interviews and focus groups in eight Indigenous communities across the State. While there is a body of research seeking to identify the criminal law needs of Indigenous clients, this is the first statewide Indigenous-specific assessment of civil/family law needs. Improved access to legal services for Indigenous people, particularly in relation to civil law, is likely to assist in establishing the necessary infrastructure for improved social conditions and for economic development. The article discusses the nature and extent of a wide range of civil and family law needs, drawing on the statements of Indigenous people from focus groups held as part of the research and supported by the observations of those delivering legal and support services to the focus communities.

Item ID: 15481
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-7297
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2011 05:45
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180113 Family Law @ 30%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180104 Civil Law and Procedure @ 30%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 40%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940401 Civil Justice @ 100%
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