We can now see the fruits of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC’s) long labours. The ALRC has just produced its Report No 89, Managing Justice — a review of the federal civil justice system.

This is the final report of the ALRC in its investigation of the adversarial system of litigation, following a reference from the Commonwealth Government in 1995 to consider ‘the need for a simpler, cheaper and more accessible legal system’. Wide consultations and a number of discussion papers preceded the final report, which is likely to be a point of reference in the legal system for many years to come.