State Govt funding key step in ensuring fair access to justice for Victorians

23 May 2017
Leading social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of $34.7 million in funding to provide increased access to justice for Victorians.

Maurice Blackburn’s Social Justice Practice Manager Jennifer Kanis said today’s funding announcement, which follows the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review, would provide a vital boost in the accessibility of legal services for all Victorians.

“We welcome today’s funding announcement, as well as a commitment from the Victorian Government to act on the majority of recommendations made in the Access to Justice Review, many of which seek to close gaps in critical legal services for disadvantaged Victorians,” Ms Kanis said.

“In particular we welcome the Government’s response to measures with respect to pro bono legal services, including efforts to ensure greater connection between pro bono lawyers and organisations requiring this assistance and recognition of the many pro bono contributions made within the profession.

“Maurice Blackburn’s submission to the Access to Justice Review advocated for a number of these measures, including greater recognition of pro bono legal work undertaken to promote the delivery and availability of pro bono services to the broader community.

“We also welcome the announced measures to better support Legal Aid, as well as funding to assist in the early resolution of legal disputes and a streamlining of VCAT processes.

“Everyone deserves equal access to advice and assistance under the law, and we believe the measures announced today will play an important role in helping to better ensure access to justice for all Victorians,” she said.

A copy of Maurice Blackburn’s submission to the Access to Justice Review is available here: https://engage.vic.gov.au/download_file/1082/612.

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