Access To Justice

Model Litigant Guidelines

Model Litigant Guidelines impose a duty on Governments and Government agencies, including agencies such as the Corruption and Crime Commission, to act honestly, fairly, properly and to the highest standards. The guidelines arise from the recognition that the state has significant power and resources, including statutory powers to investigate and compel people to provide evidence. This creates a substantial imbalance when people enter into litigation against the state.

Handling of police complaints

WA Police carry out an important, but difficult job. As a profession, police suffer disproportionate levels of stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.

Police also have a range of extraordinary powers. While these powers are ordinarily used legitimately, it is important for protecting the integrity of the police force that there is a robust, independent and reliable way to respond to police complaints.

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