University of Technology Sydney
People experiencing economic disadvantages have limited access to justice system. Employment status is a key indicator of economic disadvantage. There is a link between employment status and vulnerability to legal problems in Australia. This paper argues that unemployed people currently dependent on new start allowance are vulnerable to legal problems and less able to resolve the problems they face. This paper addresses the obstacles the unemployed people experience to secure justice. Unemployed people are vulnerable to multifaced crime and violence. Due to high cost of legal services unemployed people are unable to afford legal services to access justice. They are often found higher levels of nonactions in terms of access to justice also due to lack of initiatives. This paper further explores the exiting services for these economically disadvantaged people to secure justice. Legal aid commissions, community legal centres and pro bono services of private lawyers are major sources of legal help for poor people. But there are problems of shortage of funding and making available to the economically disadvantaged people. However, this paper argues that unemployed people currently dependent on new start allowance face barriers to secure justice. It further argues that the exiting services for access to justice system is inadequate and unable to ensure justice to them.
Shahadat Hossain is a currently a Juris Doctor Student in Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. He is also involved in a research project on Economic Disadvantages and Access to Justice System in Australia. He previously studied sociology in the University of New South Wales and worked as a visiting fellow in humanities at Western Sydney University, Australia.