For the third year, the Queensland Law Society has conducted its annual Access to Justice Scorecard. This survey looks at the legal profession’s view on the state of access to justice in Queensland.
The survey revealed that legal practitioners are becoming increasingly concerned that the public does not have adequate access to justice. 69% of respondents believed access to legal assistance was not adequate, an 8% increase from the previous year.
73% of respondents also found that legal services were unaffordable in Queensland. This reveals that the legal profession believes cost to be a significant barrier to accessing legal services. Other barriers identified by respondents included lack of funding of Legal Aid and community legal centres, lack of awareness of law and legal service options and the perceived complexity and length of resolving matters through the Court system.
For further details, please see the complete Survey report.