Law… What is it Good For? How People see the Law, Lawyers and Courts in Australia

This report explores findings from an Australian study canvassing people’s attitudes to the relevance of the law and lawyers in various everyday scenarios. In particular, the study and report measure:

  • how accessible people feel courts and lawyers are
  • how confident they are when faced with legal issues
  • to what extent people recognise law as relevant to everyday legal problems

Notably, the report showed differences in attitudes toward the law based on demographic characteristics. Specifically, the law was seen to be less relevant by those who live rurally or remotely; have lower educational attainment; or speak a language other than English at home.