Access to Justice and COVID-19 World
Speech delivered by Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, President, Law Council of Australia at the Law Society of Western Australia/UWA Law School CPD Fundraiser presentation, 25 February 2021.
"When I was first asked to attend this event a little while ago, I did wonder to myself - isn’t COVID ancient history for WA (and similarly so-2020 for QLD) … but then, only last month you had your six day lock down and we, our three days. Both your state and mine have very recently been reminded how things can change so quickly.
So now I speak to the topic of Access to Justice in a COVID world with, sadly, a new sense of relevance. Tonight, I will touch on a few topics with broader implications to and observations about our profession, and some of the IT positives that have come from it – if you have IT access. The topics are:
- access to justice in this new normal;
- the electronic execution of documents;
- new ways to practice; and
- the importance of professional associations.
On the last point, I immediately observe that tonight’s event – where the WA legal profession, the WA Law Society and University of Western Australia have come together to support the Women’s Legal Service WA – this is a prime example of the importance of professional associations working together."
You can read the full speech below.