Updated: 05/10/2014 01:44

Primary Justice Project launched to resolve legal disputes affordably, quickly and amicably



Primary Justice Project launched to resolve legal disputes affordably, quickly and amicably

The State Courts has launched the Primary Justice Project to resolve legal disputes in a cheaper, faster, and more amicable manner. 

As part of the project, it will develop a panel of "Primary Justice Lawyers". 

They will provide basic legal services for a fixed fee for up to six hours, and will try to resolve cases through mediation or negotiation, without taking a case to court. 

The scheme is seen an alternative to self-representation and costly court proceedings. 

It's suitable for civil claims below $60,000 and beyond the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Tribunal, or divorce proceedings that are close to settlement.

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