This conference, opened by Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Honourable Robert French AC, brought together over 100 delegates from all States and Territories, representing industry, government, welfare/support services, universities, the legal profession and judicial service sectors. The resolution to form an Alliance was in response to the growing awareness that rural Australia continues to be disadvantaged in accessing law and justice system services. Importantly, what was needed was a high level law and justice congress to provide a ‘voice’ for rural and regional communities in respect of law and justice issues.
The National Rural Law and Justice Alliance began its formation at the 2nd National Rural Law and Justice Conference, held in Coffs Harbour in May of 2012.
The Alliance was officially launched at the ACOSS National Conference in Adelaide, on 25 March 2013.
Our Purpose is to achieve justice and equity in the provision of legal system services and outcomes for all rural Australians.
Our Principles are to ensure Access and Participation, Advocacy and Engagement, Collaborative Partnerships and Approaches, and evidence based Research.