Effectiveness Of The Legal System Of Protecting Consumer Rights

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‘Assess the effectiveness of the legal system in protecting consumer rights’

I INTRODUCTION

In regards to assessing the effectiveness of the Australian legal system in protecting consumer rights there are a number of areas, which must be critically examined.
A clear understanding of the definition of consumer rights is a critical component to this analysis, as this will determine which areas of the legal system are in scope, relevant and need to be included in this assessment.

In order to comprehensively assess the effectiveness of the legal system in regard to protecting consumer rights, both positive aspects and areas, which require improvement both need to be considered.

The essay will firstly explore what is clearly working within the system in support of protecting consumer rights. The ACL will be looked at in detail with a focus on product safety as an example.
The second part of the essay will focus on the current gaps that exist in the legal system in which is impacting the consumer. The essay will then conclude with a summary statement to wrap up all assertions made throughout the piece.

II HOW DOES THE LEGAL SYSTEM PROTECT CONSUMER RIGHTS?

A. What is a consumer right?

In order to complete a fair assessment of the legal system in protecting consumer rights, the definition of consumer rights must be clarified.

In s3 (1) and (2) of the ACL the meaning of consumer is set out. A consumer is a person taken to have acquired particular goods or services Personal…
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