Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRJL) Research
Centre research is practical, relevant and applicable and focuses on improving access to and the delivery of equitable law and justice system services to rural and regional Australia.
Research is undertaken by the Centre in a number of principal areas, including:
- Access and equity issues in the administration and delivery of justice system services to regional communities.
- Assessment of the social and economic impacts of existing and proposed, legislation, policies and programs on regional communities.
- Improving legal practice in the provision of legal services to regional communities.
- Delivery of law related education and training to regional industry, informing undergraduate law curriculum and professional development training for regional legal practitioners and others.
Current and Completed Research
- Conflicts of interest in Victorian and rural and regional legal practice [6.9MB PDF]
- Women's Experience of surviving family violence and accessing the Magistrates' Court in Geelong, Victoria
Funded by the Geelong Community Foundation
- Addressing the structural and ethical challenge of conflict of interest in rural and regional legal practice.
Funded by the Victoria Law Foundation, The proposed project will examine the frequency and circumstances of conflict of interest and its impact on individual clients, referral services and legal service providers in regional Victoria.
- Legal Service Needs of Regional Small Business.
Funded by the Legal Services Board Victoria - Completed
- Postcode Justice - Rural and Regional Disadvantage in the administration of the Law.
Funded Victoria Law Foundation - Completed
- Law and Legal Compliance Training Needs of Primary Industry. Funded by the Telematic Trust and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation - Completed.
- Rethinking Law Curriculum: developing strategies to prepare law graduates for practice in rural and regional Australia. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. In collaboration with lead investigator: University of New England, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law - Current.
- Access to justice submission CRRLJ 21 May 2104 [156KB]
- Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry- Legal Barriers for People with a Disability [224KB pdf]
- Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Social Inclusion of People with a Disability. [246KB pdf]
- Joint Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Civil Justice. [177KB pdf]
- Inquiry into Local Economic Development Initiatives in Victoria [306KB pdf]
- Response to the Victorian Government's Discussion Paper on Juvenile Diversion
'Practical Lessons, Fair Consequences: Improving Diversion for Young People in Victoria' [206KB pdf]
- Inquiry into Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 [198KB pdf]
- Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform Committee
Inquiry into Access to and Interaction with the Justice System By People with an Intellectual Disability and Their Families and Carers [144KB pdf]
- A Submission to the Parliament of Victoria
Rural and Regional Committee
Inquiry into the Extent and Nature of Disadvantage and Inequity in Rural and Regional Victoria [264KB pdf]
- Proposed Variation to the Access Regime for the ATM System [196KB pdf]
Recent succesful grant funding
Deakin Centre For Rural Regional Law and Justice are proud to announce two recent successful grant funding opportunities.
Disability Funding Alliances
The Centre has been successful in obtaining funds from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust to undertake an action research project into the development of Disability Justice Alliances in the Barwon region. These partnerships would involve collaborative service delivery, legal education and advocacy between legal services and services for people with mental impairment. The project will research the viability of these alliances, with a view to setting up some demonstration partnerships at two locations in the region.
Building Advocacy Justice Alliances for offenders with mental impairment in Victoria's Barwon South West region.
$46,428 from Helen McPherson Smith Trust
Information needs of self-represented litigants in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court
$16,680 from Court Network Inc