Residents concerned about their access to the justice system are being encouraged share their experiences.
The Macarthur Law Society is urging locals to take part in The Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project – a comprehensive national review into the state of access to justice in Australia.
Macarthur Law Society president Brett McGrath said many disadvantaged and vulnerable people were falling through the cracks.
“Access to justice for many in our community is out of reach,” he said.
“Only by identifying their legal needs and the barriers they face can we make the system fairer and more equitable.”
Residents have until September 30 to share their stories or make a submission in the project.
The Justice Project is aimed at revealing the human experience behind access to the justice system.
Mr McGrath said many locals would have first-hand experience navigating the system.
“There are long delays for family courts,” Mr McGrath said.
“Many face a wait time of about 17 months and in some registries it is up to three years from filing to final hearing.
“Many victims are not eligible for free legal assistance and must represent themselves. Rates of self-representation are abound 30 per cent in the family courts.”
To share your story, or write a formal submission visit www.justiceproject.com.au.