The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is inquiring into whether, and if so what, reforms to the law relating to impartiality and bias, as this law applies to the federal judiciary, are necessary and desirable.
As part of the inquiry, the ALRC is surveying legal practitioners to gather information about experiences with, and perceptions of, the law and procedures relating to judicial bias. The views of individual practitioners on these issues will form a critical part of the evidence base for the ALRC’s inquiry.
The survey is open to any person who has been admitted to practise law in an Australian state or territory, and who has practised in Australia within the past five years. It is of particular relevance to those practitioners who litigate in the Commonwealth courts, however the participation of all practitioners is welcomed by the ALRC.
Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and responses will be fully anonymous.
The ALRC will not receive any identifying information, nor will it be able to identify any participant from the statistical analysis of responses.
The survey should take between 8 to 12 minutes to complete and can be completed in more than one session (on the same device) by accessing the link above. If a respondent has partially completed the survey by 11.59pm AEST on 6 August 2021, any responses made will be recorded. The survey will be open until 11.59 pm AEST on 6 August 2021.
Take the survey.