Mapping justice

We will map the availability and content of institutional data across a broad range of civil justice bodies, including courts, tribunals and the legal assistance sector, so that we can understand how legal matters progress, see possible issues with legal processes and identify barriers to access to justice.

What is the Data Mapping Project

Victoria Law Foundation’s Data Mapping Project examines how administrative data is collected and used in the Victorian civil justice system. The project investigates what data is available, its accuracy and consistency, how data is used and what needs to be done to improve its utility for addressing access to justice questions.

The project is in three stages. The first explores administrative data collected in the legal assistance sector. The second covers courts and tribunals, and the third will examine other dispute resolution and complaint bodies.

Stage one: Apples, oranges and lemons

For Apples, Oranges and Lemons: the use and utility of administrative data in the Victorian legal assistance sector we interviewed 29 public legal services. These included a cross-section of legal assistance providers in metropolitan and regional Victoria, covering both generalist and specialist services. We also spoke to representatives from peak bodies and funders.

Stage two: Smarter data

Smarter data: the use and utility of administrative data in Victorian courts and tribunals focuses on the administrative data collected by courts and tribunals.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with staff from five Victorian courts and tribunals about the data they collect and use for civil matters. We also reviewed documentation supplied by participants and publicly available documents, such as annual reports and strategic plans. Australian and international literature was also reviewed to identify access to civil justice questions; the role of administrative data in monitoring and answering those questions; and to canvas developments in court and tribunal administrative data practices.