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Motion for an Inquiry into court fee increases

Penny Wright 29 Nov 2012

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by Thursday, 21 March 2013:

The impact of recent proposed federal court fee increases on access to justice in Australia, with particular reference to:

a)      The impact of federal court fee increases on low-income and ordinary Australians and operators of small businesses;

b)      Whether recent and proposed fee increases are reasonable, based on evidence and consistent with other justice policy matters;

c)       How increases in court fees, and other reform to the courts and justice system, can act as a barrier to accessing justice;

d)      The extent to which court fee increases may impact on services provided by legal assistance services (i.e. legal aid commissions, ATSILS, FVPLS and CLCs); and

e)      Other relevant matters.

This motion did not recieve the support of the Senate.

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