Access to Justice

“The rule of law and a strong independent judiciary are empty ideals if people cannot access the courts.”

The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC, The Rule of Law and Some Current Aspects of the Legal Scene in Australia, Sydney University Distinguished Speakers Program 2013.

Resources on Access to Justice

*Professor Lindgren’s papers include discussion of many current rule of law issues in Australia

It is a core principle of the rule of law that justice must be accessible to all. Provision of justice through a functioning, adequately resourced legal system is a core responsibility of government. Budget crises require budgetary responses, not inroads into the rule of law and access to justice.The sheer volume of legislation passed by parliament and the complexity of some laws can make it extremely difficult to know what the law is, and compunds the complexity of cases which come before the courts. This trend ultimately reduces certainty and confidence in the legal system which erodes the rule of law.

“The court should be accessible, so that a person’s ability to vindicate legal rights is not made illusory by long delays or excessive costs.”

-Walker, G de Q, The Rule of Law: Foundation of Constitutional Democracy,(1988)