ALA appears at Productivity Commission Access to Justice Inquiry

4th Jun 2014

This week, the Australian Lawyers Alliance was invited to appear before the Productivity Commission in its inquiry into Access to Justice.

Andrew Stone, National President Elect, and Anthony Scarcella, NSW Director, appeared before the Productivity Commission at public hearings in Sydney on Tuesday 3 June.

The following submissions were expanded upon at the hearing:

  • The draft report recommendations relating to restrictions on legal representation before tribunals;
  • Model litigant protocols and their ineffectiveness;
  • Offers of compromise, in particular, relating to the disproportionality of penalty in favour of the insurer or institutional defendant;
  • Self represented litigants and their effect upon the legal process; and
  • The value legal services and representation add to fairness and efficiency in the legal process.

The Productivity Commission released their draft report in April 2014. A final report is expected to be released to the Federal government in September 2014.

Our submissions to the Inquiry can be accessed here.

Tags: Human rights Access to justice