WA Chief Justice advocates for equal access to legal representation for all at Law seminar series

Chief Justice, The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, spoke at the inaugural
Eminent Speakers Series on Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus.

7 March 2014

Western Australia's 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, said an overwhelming majority of West Australians do not have access, or the adequate knowledge on how to access appropriate legal representation in his address at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Eminent Speakers Series on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Delivering the inaugural presentation for the series, The Chief Justice spoke on the topic of Access to Justice in Western Australia. His Honour said the groups most affected were the religious and ethnically diverse, Indigenous people, people with language difficulties or a disability.

The Chief Justice also strongly recommended that alternative dispute resolution processes are more efficiently promoted as a viable option for settlement between parties. This could save parties to litigation considerable time and money.

"I am pleased to have been the inaugural speaker at the Notre Dame's School of Law Eminent Speakers Series. The issue of access to justice is a very important one that affects many Western Australians," the Chief Justice said.

An initiative of Notre Dame's School of Law, the Series will feature lectures by recognised experts speaking on contemporary legal and professional matters.

Dean of the School of Law in Fremantle, Professor Doug Hodgson, said the aim of the Series was to enhance intellectual engagement and provide networking opportunities with leading members of the legal profession for students.

"In keeping with the mission of the School of Law – to provide practically-orientated education which is embedded in social justice – it is important to expose our Law students to a wide range of legal and professional issues," Professor Hodgson said.

"By all accounts, the launch of the Eminent Speakers Series was a resounding success. An excellent turnout of Law students; academic, administrative and sessional staff; Law alumni; members of the School of Law Advisory Board; and other distinguished members of the Fremantle community attended to hear a very informative, insightful and thought-provoking address by the Chief Justice."

The next scheduled event in the Series is expected to take place in April. The Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann, will be the guest presenter. Please visit www.nd.edu.au for further information.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au