Funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: issues of equity and access

Cunneen, Chris, and Schwartz, Melanie (2008) Funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: issues of equity and access. Criminal Law Journal, 32 (1). pp. 38-53.

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) play a crucial role in the representation of Indigenous defendants. Given the fraught relationship of Aboriginal people with the criminal justice system and the legal system in general, and the ever-deepening crisis of over-representation, adequate resourcing of these services is an extremely important administration of justice issue. This article looks at the nature of the demands and extent of the workload of ATSILS, especially in comparison to Legal Aid Commissions. It argues that the static funding environment that ATSILS operate in results in compromised capacity to provide adequate services to the sector of the population that arguably needs the best possible quality legal services.

Item ID: 15484
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0314-1160
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2011 04:24
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice @ 40%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 60%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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