That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by Thursday, 21 March 2013:
The impact of recent proposed federal court fee increases on access to justice in Australia, with particular reference to:
a) The impact of federal court fee increases on low-income and ordinary Australians and operators of small businesses;
b) Whether recent and proposed fee increases are reasonable, based on evidence and consistent with other justice policy matters;
c) How increases in court fees, and other reform to the courts and justice system, can act as a barrier to accessing justice;
d) The extent to which court fee increases may impact on services provided by legal assistance services (i.e. legal aid commissions, ATSILS, FVPLS and CLCs); and
e) Other relevant matters.
This motion did not recieve the support of the Senate.