Archive of posts tagged 'courts'

Submission to Sri Lanka`s Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

May 6, 2016

This submission to Sri Lanka’s Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms summarises views expressed by a group of 16 victims and witnesses of serious crimes allegedly committed during the Sri Lankan civil war who now reside in Australia. 

The role of documentation in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process

May 6, 2016

This submission explains how documentation of evidence is vital in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, and the key role that civil society can play in the documentation process. 

Submission to the NSW Sentencing Council on the proposal for additional show cause offences in the Bail Act 2013 (NSW)

December 10, 2014

This submission sets out PIAC’s opposition to proposals to extend the category of offences for which an alleged offender must ‘show cause’ why they should not be imprisoned to await trial. The inclusion of a category of offences for which … read more

Where are the gaps? Consultation paper – a new scheme for assistance with disbursements

June 29, 2012

PIAC’s submission to the Attorney General’s Department examines what types of disbursements should be covered by the Commonwealth’s new disbursements scheme, whether counsel’s fees should be considered a disbursement and whether in certain circumstances, legal representation costs should be covered. … read more

Australian legal system

February 8, 2012

Overview of the Australian legal system, including the way in which the legal system is part of the overall structure of government. It also considers different ways in which the law is divided up and provides an indication of key … read more

A public interest approach to costs:

August 25, 2011

In this submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission (NSWLRC), PIAC argues that one of the most significant barriers to public interest litigation in Australia is costs, in particular, the risk of adverse costs. Public interest litigation promotes greater equity, … read more

Comments on the NSW Sentencing Council Suspended Sentences Consultation Paper

July 27, 2011

This submission is made by the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service in response to the Consultation Paper prepared by the NSW Sentencing Council. HPLS is of the view that in the absence of comprehensive, flexible, well-resourced intermediate sentencing options, it is … read more

Draft Civil Procedure Amendment (Supreme Court Representative Proceedings) Bill 2010

December 15, 2010

PIAC’s submission in response to the NSW Government’s draft Civil Procedure Amendment (Supreme Court Representative Proceedings) Bill 2010 welcomes the proposal for a comprehensive representative proceedings regime in the NSW Supreme Court modelled on the Federal Court regime.  PIAC’s submission … read more

Updating bail:

November 3, 2010

The Bail Act 1978 (NSW) has been in need of reform for many years, particularly in relation to its negative effects on young people and Indigenous people. In PIAC’s submission in relation to the Review of the Bail Act, and … read more

Improving access through translating principles into practice:

July 13, 2010

In November 2008, PIAC made a submission in response to the Attorney General’s Report, A Strategic Framework for Access to Justice in the Federal Civil Justice System. The Taskforce was established to undertake a review of the federal civil justice … read more

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