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LIV calls for parties to commit to supporting the health and wellbeing of the judiciary and legal profession

LIV calls for parties to commit to supporting the health and wellbeing of the judiciary and legal profession

By LIV Media

Health Wellbeing Workplace 

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Lawyers are more likely than other professional groups to suffer anxiety and depression, with a third of solicitors and a fifth of barristers affected.

The critical and often high-profile work of magistrates and judges, particularly in an under resourced court system, places them at significant risk.

Insufficient funding of key legal services and assistance programs has resulted in strain on legal professionals. The health and wellbeing of legal professionals working in community legal centres and legal aid services is impacted by under-funding and under-resourcing across the sector.

Investing in wellbeing for legal professionals and relieving unsustainable workloads is critical.

The LIV is calling for:

• investment in court and justice assistance systems to reduce the unsustainable workload placed on members of the judiciary, court staff and legal professionals

• accompanying reform with an impact assessment that properly assesses the ability of courts, court support services and the legal profession to successfully implement the reform, taking into account the risks to wellbeing and sustainable workloads

• the development of best practice guidelines on how to manage mental health in the workplace and increased government funding for support services and wellness initiatives for those working in the justice system

• integrated, meaningful wellness and monitoring programs, together with counselling services, to support magistrates, judges, lawyers, court staff, and support services staff to effectively debrief and regularly access professional support to mitigate the stress and exposure to trauma inherent in their roles.

 

Read the Labor government, the Coalition Opposition and the Greens responses to the 10 priorities identified in the LIV’s Call to Parties here.

 


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