Law Info Northern Territory Launch
On Friday 9th December, the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission launched a website that shares legal information in plain language. Stories, videos, pictures and sound files will help Territorians to find, understand and use answers to common legal questions. You can find this new website at www.lawinfont.org.au.
ARDS team members are part of the Community Legal Education Network, which is active across the Northern Territory. We were proud to see some definitions from the Plain English Dictionary of Criminal Law (2015) already posted on the new site. We congratulate the collaborators especially for their focus on plain language to communicate clear messages.
Fiona Hussin, Deputy Director of NTLAC, shared statistics and recommendations from two key reports (Law Australia Wide Survey (2012),NSW Law and Justice Foundation; and Access to Justice Arrangements (2014), Australian Productivity Commission). We all hope that the LawInfoNT site will address two main issues raised in these reports: low rates of access to legal advice on the one hand, and the fragmentation of legal information services on the other hand. John Jablonka (NTLAC) acknowledged and thanked many contributors to the website, and NTLAC hosted a celebratory lunch!
John also challenged everyone in the network to help build the LawInfoNT in the future. The NT Legal Aid Commission has created the position of Legal Information Coordinator to keep updating and improving the website.
We look forward to having more input to the LawInfoNT site with more Indigenous language content and audio resources.