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Research on access to justice for people with complex communications needs in the CJS

September 21, 2016
Dr Marg Camilleri from Federation University’s criminal justice department has secured a grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board to explore the needs of people interacting with Victoria’s criminal and civil justice system who have complex communication needs. This is an exciting and much-needed research project, which will contribute significantly to providing enhanced access to justice for an oft-overlooked demographic engaged with the justice system in Victoria.
Here is the press release which provides greater detail:
Researchers from Federation University Australia have received funding to explore the requirements of people with complex communication needs when interacting with the criminal and civil justice system.
The research is funded by the Legal Services Board for a period of two years, concluding mid-2018.
“Access to justice, particularly for people with disabilities, is a growing concern throughout the legal community and beyond,” Dr Margaret Camilleri, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, said.
“During the past three years some reports have highlighted the inequitable and prejudicial response to people with disabilities by justice agencies.
“People with complex communication needs who interact with the justice system, either as offenders, victims, witnesses or those attending tribunals are potentially the most disadvantaged.”
Dr Camilleri said this primarily was because there had been few adjustments made by justice agencies to ensure that information was available to those in need.
“Our research will aim to increase the understanding among justice agencies, of how they can effectively respond to the communication and support needs of everyone,” Dr Camilleri said.
“We will seek direct input direct from people with complex communication needs who have had experience in interacting with the justice system, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VoCAT).”
The research also will seek to answer the following questions:
  • What enabling factors were experienced during their interaction with the justice system?
  • What barriers were experienced during their interaction with the justice system?
  • What impact did their experience with the justice system have on them?
  • What suggestions do they have to improve their experience with the justice system?
The research is also being supported by Disability Advocacy Victoria and its member agencies.
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