Law council to lobby for improvements to access to justice

ACCESS to legal advice for all Australians and human rights issues were top of the Australian Law Council's agenda for the 2013 federal election year, new president Joseph Catanzariti said on Thursday.

Mr Catanzariti, a former President of the Law Society of New South Wales, outlined the council's agenda in a statement released on Thursday.

He said the law council planned to lobby for improvements to access to justice (such as legal aid), human rights advocacy, international engagement and addressing the high attrition rates of women lawyers.

"There is a real problem of working Australians not having an appropriate understanding of the Australian legal system or how to access it," Mr Catanzariti wrote.

"I will continue to support the Law Council's Access to Justice Committee and Family Law Section in their work in this area and will continue to advocate strongly for improved funding for the legal assistance sector in Australia.

"The federal election also presents an excellent platform on which to explore some of the legal impediments to doing business in Australia."

Mr Catanzariti said would also continue to lobby for improvements in Australia's human rights record, especially on human trafficking and the treatment of asylum seekers.

Another important issue for the legal industry was the high levels of women who left law for other work, and did not return, which Mr Catanzariti said would be part of a new attrition and re-engagement study this year.

"Why women leave the legal profession and do not re-engage is an important issue for the national profession and one the law council will explore and address through the study," he said.

Mr Catanzariti took over as council president on January 1, succeeding Catherine Gale in the role leading the peak industry body.

"For me the law is a giving profession and one in which I am very proud to be a part - I look forward to working with the law council executive and to serving the Australian legal profession this year," he said.

Topics:  justice

Armed robber with heavy conscience turns himself in

court generic

Armed robber dobs himself in suffering guilty conscience......again

UPDATE: Qld Rail ups customer service after driver shortage

FRUSTRATED: Sunshine Coast commuters Kieron Wallace and Jeff Addison, pictured in 2015, are among those frustrated at the state of current rail services.

Queensland Rail bolsters customer service staff after service issues

The Ipswich stamp fair has it all licked

RARE METAL: Dave Roberts with his aluminium Tongan stamps from 1965.

Ipswich stamp fair will feature rare and unusual stamps

Local Partners

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

The Summer that Melted Everything

See what happens when you invite the devil to town

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track