Funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: Issues of Equity and Access

Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 38-53, February 2008

Posted: 29 Jan 2009

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Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) play a crucial role in the representation of Indigenous defendants. Given the fraught relationship of Aboriginal people with the criminal justice system and the legal systme in general, and the ever-deepening criss of over-representation, adequate resourcing of these services is an extremely important administration of justice issue. This article looks at the nature of the demands and extent of the workload of ATSILS, especially in comparison to Legal Aid Commissions. It argues that the static funding environment that ATSILS operate in results in compromised capacity to provide adequate services to the sector of the population that arguably needs the best possible legal services.

Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, legal services, equity, access

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Melanie and Cunneen, Chris, Funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: Issues of Equity and Access (February 1, 2008). Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 38-53, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334339

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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