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"There is no crueller tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and
in the name of justice."
Charles de Montesquieu,
Welcome to The Australian Justice Tribunal. [ABN: 53 150 698 516]
But before continuing, I need to define the word "Tribunal" as applied to our Organisation.
A tribunal is most commonly defined, in essence, as 'a Court of Justice' which makes legally binding decisions on matters brought before it. Our Tribunal does not do that. We confine ourselves to the more general dictionary meaning which refers to 'an adjudicative body' or 'a body that decides or determines', be it a Board, Committee or sole adjudicator.
And certainly our Board, Committees, and individual Case Assessors are called upon to decide ... to adjudicate; that is, 'act as a judge' when determining which matters qualify for our pro bono legal support, or when considering which determinations will best provide that support. These decision-making processes are ongoing throughout the duration of advising Complainants, appointing and instructing the necessary legal representation and ensuring that through our support and understanding of Law, the accuracy of our determinations will be integral, indeed vital, to delivering the justice that was formerly denied. None of which duplicates the legally binding function of a Court of Justice; but the conduct of a tribunal, nonetheless. I'll now move on.
And there is nothing dramatic about my words. I have witnessed the debilitating effects of denial of Natural Justice. The financial ruin and hopelessness that are spawned often extend to families being torn apart, suicides, illness and premature deaths.
Our primary objective is to get there before 'post traumatic stress disorder' takes hold, causing such irreparable damage. And if we can't get there first then the second part of our role is to salvage what little hope remains and strengthen it with the Natural Justice formerly denied.
Again, this is not a dramatic portrayal of a severe endemic problem which has endured throughout the history of our nation; a problem that responsible Law firms have been addressing for years through the offering of pro bono (free) legal assistance.
But these Law firms can only work within the reasonable limits of their available resources; resources that need to include - among other expenses - the cost of staff who dedicate pro bono time to their financially exhausted clients. Regrettably, there is much more to be done, particularly within civil jurisdictions.
The National Constitution of The Australian Justice Tribunal (The AJT) will give you a clear understanding of the structure, powers and purpose of the Organisation and its Councils of Review. The Objectives within the National Constitution will also help to emphasise the eventual extent of national fundraising required to conduct the reviewing of cases, the legal research and the offering of pro bono legal representation of the highest possible standard to Australians requiring our immediate assistance; assistance when other avenues of legal redress have failed.
And although the evolution of the structure of The Australian Justice Tribunal is fully described in the National Constitution and further on in this website, these brief notes are a snapshot of the Organisation.
COUNCILS OF REVIEW
Adding to the long-established Victorian and Queensland Councils of Review, we will be opening a further five (5)Councils of Review throughout Australia. Each Council of Review being dedicated to reviewing and acting on public complaints arising from the inability of Australians to afford justice. CASE ASSESSORS will be attached to each Council of Review for the purpose of prioritising matters to be acted on by our Regional AJT Libraries.
REGIONAL AJT LIBRARIES
Along with the established Victorian and Queensland Regional AJT Libraries there will be a further four (4) Libraries Australia-wide providing ongoing Pro Bono legal research, legal advisory support and legal representation to meet the requirements of Councils of Review within the Organisation.
And here are just two of The AJT's Objectives taken from its National Constitution:3.1 Pro Bono Legal Representation
The primary objective of the Company is to provide Pro Bono legal assistance to Australians who are victims of injustice or who are being denied Natural Justice causing sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune or helplessness.AND
In general, Complainants seeking legal assistance will have exhausted avenues of competent legal redress and will be incapable of affording legal representation either protracted, or in many instances, otherwise.
3.4 Established Pro Bono Services
The Company wil act vigorously to ensure that it fosters a working relationship with all law firms and advocates; many already known to have an established reputation within Australia for their offering of Pro Bono legal services. This working relationship can and must be fostered for the betterment of all Australians needing Pro Bono legal assistance of the highest standard.On current indications Law firms Australia-wide will continue to express interest in understanding just how far The AJT's working relationship with themselves can go. Naturally, public funding of our Organisation will increase that level of interest.
To conclude, I now invite men and women around Australia to read our National Constitution and the Human Resources section of this website to determine where you believe you can be of greatest voluntary assistance to us. I would then ask that you stand with us in support of all Australians needing our pro bono legal services.
My Sincere Regards,
The Australian Justice Tribunal