Outcome of the project
This grant was used by the Law Institute of Victoria to undertake research into how Victoria's legal profession understands and uses the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
The most-used human rights are rights of relevance to many Victorians – the rights to privacy and equality – as opposed to select groups or minorities. If the rights of any specific group are invoked more than others they are the rights of families and children (s 17) in contrast to relatively fewer people relying on criminal rights (s 25).
Where the Charter is relevant, it contributes to a more positive outcome in most instances in which it is raised.