Last updated 23 July 2021
ALRC Survey Data – Judicial Impartiality
As part of its Judicial Impartiality Inquiry, the ALRC was asked to consider whether the existing law about actual or apprehended bias: (1) maintains public confidence in the administration of justice; and (2) provides appropriate and sufficient clarity to decision-makers, the legal profession, and the community.
In order to better understand the views of principal stakeholders – namely the public, the judiciary, and the legal profession – the ALRC carried out research through four surveys:
- Australian Survey of Social Attitudes
- ALRC survey of Commonwealth judges
- ALRC survey of legal professionals
- Targeted survey of court users
These surveys, supported by public submissions in response to the ALRC’s Consultation Paper and broad community consultations, will help to ensure the ALRC’s final recommendations are informed by rigorous research that maximises the input of all stakeholder groups.
Results from the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes allow the ALRC to understand, at a broad level, public trust and confidence in the legal system. Augmenting this, the ALRC’s more targeted survey of court users examines the experiences individuals have had attending court proceedings in Australia in the past ten years.
Finally, targeted surveys of the federal judiciary and legal practitioners consider not only questions of trust and confidence, but also the need for any greater clarification or guidance on the issues raised by the Inquiry and provide unique insights into the views of key participants in the legal system.
This webpage is intended to provide interested stakeholders with a snapshot of some of the key data from the surveys. Full data, more detailed analysis, and explanation of methodology will be provided in the ALRC’s Final Report.