The Judicial Council on Diversity will:
(a) commission research and undertake public consultation processes on issues relating to cultural diversity in Australia’s judicial system, including but not limited to:
i. interaction between Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Australian courts, in Federal and State and Territory jurisdictions, and in areas of criminal, civil and family law
ii. attitudes to Australia’s judicial system among Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities – identifying any areas of concern for Australia’s social cohesion
iii. perceived and actual barriers to justice experienced by Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities
iv. access to interpreting and translating services in Australia’s judicial system
v. experience of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities as jurors, litigants, or consumers of court information
(b) develop and provide independent advice on protocols, best practice guidelines and proposals for dealing with cultural diversity issues in Australian Courts for consideration by the Council of Chief Justices.
(c) develop practical tools addressing cultural diversity issues that can be independently adopted by Australian Courts.
(d) advocate to Australian Governments for greater funding and resources for courts in relation to cultural diversity issues.
(e) consult with multicultural communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.