Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:04

Victorian Government’s response to Access to Justice Review will help more Victorians access legal assistance

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Access to Justice Review, which will help more Victorians access much needed legal assistance.

The Victorian Government has accepted the vast majority of the Review’s recommendations and has announced $34.7 million in new funding to improve access to justice for all Victorians.

"Ensuring our justice system is accessible and well-resourced is core to the practical realisation of people’s human rights," Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said.

"The current lack of access to justice highlighted by the Review means that many people have to forgo their rights.

"It is a fundamental principle of our justice system, and a community that respects human rights, that everyone should be able to access the protections of the law and achieve a fair outcome, regardless of their income or any other factor.

"The government's announcement will also help people address legal problems earlier through tribunals and online dispute resolution, which could relieve pressure on more expensive and time-consuming justice processes."

View the Victorian Government’s full response to the Access to Justice Review

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