Family Court worried about legal aid cuts


The Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant,  is concern about the proposed cuts to legal aid grant assistance proposed in the federal budget.  She considers that access to legal aid is already a problem in the Family Court.  Lack of legal representation is particularly problematic in family law matters involving allegations of domestic violence.  Consequently, the quality of the evidence before the court is severely compromised.

“It’s bad enough to be cross-examined by the violent party, but it’s worse if you have to run the case yourself and people can’t do it.


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