Each year thousands of western Sydney residents and business are forced into the city in their search for justice.
The population of the area is about two million, and a recently established coalition of legal representatives and businesses is working for a larger slice of court services to be brought to the under-used Parramatta Justice Precinct.
Since 2009, Parramatta has housed many courts and administrative departments at both the state and federal level — but not enough judges have been appointed to these facilities to serve the region adequately.
The Access to Justice for Western Sydney campaign is advocating the establishment of a supreme court and more federal court cases.
For campaign manager Garrie Gibson it's a no-brainer.
"The campaign is fundamentally based on the principle that in a democracy you should have access to the justice system in the region where you live and work," Mr Gibson said.
"We want to make better use of the existing offices in the precinct - there's a lot of courts here but we're just not able to get access to the full range of court services."
To start with the campaign proposition, which was the idea of prominent Parramatta lawyer Geoffrey Roberson and which was supported by prominent legal services, local councils, business groups and university law schools, is to establish a permanent Supreme Court within the existing court infrastructure in Parramatta.
Mr Gibson said the proposal, which he said was consistent with the state government's push to decentralise government facilities and move them away from the city, would allow residents better access and save businesses significant cost and time.
"At the civil level a lot of matters are only handled by the Supreme Court, so if you're a company chasing bad debts and having to go back and forth into the city, they not only suffer from the bad debt but also this enormous additional costs in trying to chase those bad debts and get fair access to the justice system," he said.
Of the 54 Supreme Court judges, Mr Gibson said six could be appointed to Parramatta.
At a federal level, the proposal is even more straightforward.
Parramatta's Family Court was established about 30 years ago and was originally serviced by six judges across its 13 courtrooms.
But the bulk of major Family Court matters still go into the city because the court's two appointed judges can't handle the region's workload.
"We're asking the federal government to appoint sufficient Family Court judges and add Parramatta to the Federal Court Circuit so that all federal matters can be dealt with here," Mr Gibson said.
"If the case originates in western Sydney as a federal legal matter, it should be dealt with here."
With the campaign's next steps to get the community on board before preparing a business case to present to the Attorneys-General, Mr Gibson said they'd ideally receive a binding commitment within 12 months.
"Western Sydney deserves the full array of courts, judges and court services available at both the federal and state level," he said.
"We just want better access to justice for this region."
BENEFITS TO WESTERN SYDNEY:
■ Better access to legal system
■ Business costs reduced
■ More people brought to Parramatta every day
■ Help absorb the region’s predicted jobs deficit
WHAT THEY’RE ADVOCATING:
■ Greater use of the existing 13 Federal Courts facilities through the engagement of additional Family Court judges
■ The appointment of up to six Federal Circuit Court judges to the Parramatta Federal Courts
■ The inclusion of Parramatta permanently in the circuit for Federal Court judges hearing the full range of federal matters in this region
■ The establishment of a permanent NSW Supreme Court in Parramatta and the appointment of up to six Supreme Court judges to be based in Parramatta.