Equality before the law bench book


This bench book provides NSW judicial officers with statistics and information about the different values, cultures, lifestyles, socio-economic disadvantage and/or potential barriers in relation to full and equitable participation in court proceedings for nine different groups of people. The groups covered in the nine sections are: Indigenous people, people from an ethnic or migrant background, people with a particular religious affiliation, people with disabilities, children and young people, women, lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, people whose gender identity may be an issue, and self-represented parties. The book also supplies guidance about how judicial officers might need to take account of this information in court – from the start to the conclusion of court proceedings.

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Judicial Commission of New South Wales This publication is copyright. Other than for the purposes of, and subject to the conditions prescribed under, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), no part of it may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, microcopying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior permission. Enquiries should be addressed to the publisher. The views expressed in this publication are the views of the individual authors and do not represent any official views of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, nor are they necessarily shared by all members of the staff of the Commission. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, no liability is assumed for any errors or omissions. Email (for your comment) equalitybb@judcom.nsw.gov.au