The Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) is ground-breaking research to help us better understand legal capability, attitudes and experience of the law in the Victorian community. It looks at:
- people's ability to navigate the complex array of rights and responsibilities we encounter each day
- what people know about the justice system and its institutions
- how people see the law playing a part in their lives
- how people experience and respond to legal problems.
The PULS is a first of its kind in the world and represents a significant development in this kind of research and is Victoria Law Foundation's flagship research project.
It’s not just a survey about lawyers, courts and judges – it’s a large-scale state-wide survey of how people understand, experience and engage with law in Victoria and experience of everyday legal problems in the Victorian community.
The survey explores:
- what people know about their law, justice system and its institutions
- how they see the law playing a part in their lives
- how they experience legal problems
To make the results as strong and reliable as possible, we have spoken with Victorians face-to-face for around 40 minutes, using probability sampling. The high number of respondents means we can look at the data in many different ways.