Access to information on civil law for remote and rural indigenous peoples

de Plevitz, Loretta, and Loban, Heron (2009) Access to information on civil law for remote and rural indigenous peoples. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7 (15). pp. 22-25.

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The United Nations Development Program on access to justice has observed that:

Legal awareness is critical to seeking justice. Poor and disadvantaged people often do not make use of laws, rights and government services because they simply do not know about them… Lack of legal awareness is a powerful impediment to those seeking access to justice. Those who are subject to grievances cannot seek a remedy unless they are aware that such a remedy exists. For awareness to be present, sufficient information has to reach people in ways they can understand.

This issue is especially relevant in Australia where people in remote and rural areas have limited access to civil law information and often have ‘no awareness that a problem is a legal problem...[or] that their rights have been infringed’. For many Indigenous people, the only white law known to them is the criminal law which they or their family members encounter as offenders.

Item ID: 10355
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1328-5475
Keywords: Indigenous peoples
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 23:39
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 50%
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