The Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) is ground-breaking research to help us better understand legal capability, attitudes and experience of the law in the Victorian community.
It will explore:
- people's ability to navigate the complex array of rights and responsibilities we encounter each day
- what people know about the justice system and its institutions
- how people see the law playing a part in their lives
- how people experience and respond to legal problems.
The PULS will be the first of its kind in the world and represents a significant development in this kind of research.
Understanding the PULS
In a new video series, we’ll be breaking down parts of the PULS to give a little background on the purpose and value of the project.
The PULS publications
The Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) Annotated Questionnaire
This document sets out the full text and routing of the PULS questionnaire, along with commentary on the theoretical background to questions, rationale for their inclusion, details of technical development, references to relevant past studies, as well as PULS showcards.
People and governance
PULS funded through the Public Purpose Fund of the Victorian Legal Services Board, with further support from Victoria Legal Aid.
Research Director Professor Nigel Balmer is leading the project, with Dr Hugh McDonald, our Principal Researcher.
We are also working closely with internationally renowned expertise in Professors Pascoe Pleasence (UK) and Rebecca L. Sandefur (USA), particularly on the development of the questionnaire. It is anticipated the project will be completed in June 2023.
The governance structure includes a high-level steering group made up of sector organisations, an advisory group providing technical advice, and a working group with Victoria Legal Aid.