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Access to Justice: Te Tangi o te Manawanui

This report was prepared by the Chief Victims Adviser to Government, Kim McGregor, and released by the Government in December. Dr McGregor said the report resulted from nearly two years’ feedback from victims around the country. These included engagements through the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata, Safe and Effective Justice reform programme,...

Lawyers need to do more to ensure CALD clients get equal access to justice in courts

By Mai Chen The Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business launched its latest report, Culturally, Ethnically and Linguistically Diverse Parties in the Courts: A Chinese Case Study, on 18 and 20 November 2019, at CPD sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The ultimate goal of the research was to identify...
The Equal Justice Project: 2019 at a glance

The Equal Justice Project: 2019 at a glance

The Equal Justice Project (EJP) is a student-driven charity at the University of Auckland. Founded in 2005, it utilises the legal training and knowledge of volunteering law students to promote a culture of social equality, inclusivity and access to justice in both the local and wider community. EJP is divided...
Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

Public Defence Service: An important influence on criminal law practice

From a pilot scheme in Manukau in 2004, the Public Defence Service (PDS) has grown to an organisation with 10 offices and around 250 staff, 181 of whom are lawyers. It is having an important impact on the practice of criminal law. The Manukau pilot took off after Dame Margaret Bazley’s...
Pro Bono legal services support Canterbury Muslim community

Pro Bono legal services support Canterbury Muslim community

Six months after the Christchurch mosque attacks, pro bono legal services continue to make a difference to families of the victims. Lawyers in Canterbury have been involved in hundreds of pro bono cases involving families of the 51 people who died in the 15 March terrorist attacks. The free legal work would...
New technology aids access to justice

New technology aids access to justice

Better access to justice for all New Zealanders – especially people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups – has been a common theme behind many of the Law Foundation’s grants throughout its existence. Over the years, Foundation funding has improved access to justice in some way for groups as diverse as children,...

Lawyers battling for justice around the world

Human rights awardsThe International Rescue Committee and its President and CEO, David Miliband, have been announced as the 2019 recipient of the 11th Stockholm Human Rights Award. The award is jointly made by the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium to an...
Online legal information providers look forwards

Online legal information providers look forwards

Great adventures often begin with the assembling of an eclectic band of people unsure of what they are getting themselves into, who then overcome obstacles to unite and save the world. While saving the world was not an official agenda item, it was in a similar spirit that the University...

Civil rights in the United States: using the law to get around the law

In the southern states of the US the economic importance of slavery and the accompanying belief in the inherent superiority of the white race led to a system of racial segregation that was sanctified by law and practice. Though frequently challenged it became very difficult to change. This is the story...
Access to Justice: An insurance based proposal

Access to Justice: An insurance based proposal

Joss Opie continues the discussion about access to justice issues. He provides his view on mandatory pro bono and increases to legal aid funding, and summarises an innovative proposal: public legal expenses insurance The May issue of LawTalk included the article by Craig Stephen, “Finding a match: how well does pro...
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