Discovery e-news | Issue 1

Welcome to the inquiry

The 2009 Report of the Access to Justice Taskforce, A Strategic Framework for Access to Justice in the Federal Civil Justice System, considered barriers to justice in relation to court-based dispute resolution and noted the high and often disproportionate cost of discovery.  The reference of this inquiry to the ALRC is an immediate result.  See Terms of Reference.

Getting involved

We will be undertaking consultations with key stakeholders throughout the inquiry, but we hope to use this newsletter and the inquiry blog to keep you informed of the progress of the inquiry and to seek input on an ongoing basis.

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The Discovery blog is a place where we will regularly add short posts describing issues we are curently thinking about, and ask for your comments and contrubitions.

Visit the blog to find out more >>

Issue in focus – the challenge of mega-litigation

Since the ALRC received the terms of reference for this inquiry in May, I’ve been thinking about approaches and the scope of the inquiry and its concern with costs of discovery. So the inclusion in the latest Law Society Journal of an article by Justice Ronald Sackville of  ‘C7’ fame, and what he calls ‘mega-litigation’, is timely …

Read the rest of Rosalind Croucher’s post and contribute to discussion >>

Upcoming dates

July – August

Preliminary consultations

end October

Release of consultation document

Nov-Feb 2011

Main round consultations

24 Dec 2010

Closing date for submissions

31 March

Reporting date


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