The Pathway to Justice: Migrant and Refugee Women’s Experience of the Justice System

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In March 2015, the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity received funding from the Commonwealth Office for Women to undertake a project aimed at strengthening the capacity of Australian courts to provide access to justice for women facing cultural and linguistic challenges. Recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and migrant and refugee women are far more likely to enter the legal system at a point of extreme vulnerability, often as a result of family violence or family breakdown, the JCCD chose to place a particular emphasis on access to justice in that context. The project comprises three elements: National consultations; Development of a national framework for the courts consisting of best practice guidelines, resources, and protocols to be used across Australian courts; Advice on training packages for judicial officers and court administrators on gender, culture and family violence.