Through the courts, we can push back against unfair policies and laws with innovative public interest test cases to relieve hardship for millions of Australians.
We support individuals and community groups to use the power of the courts to secure landmark decisions. With help from the community and with support from GetUp!, the Grata Fund is opening the courts to ordinary people to advocate on the important issues of our time.
January 2017: President Trump’s #muslimban was overturned after challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Judge Ann Donnelly ruled to block deportations and release detainees. On the win, the ACLU Executive Director said “Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse".
June 2015: Nine hundred Dutch citizens won the case for climate action. “States are meant to protect their citizens, and if politicians will not do this of their own accord, then the courts are there to help.” - Marjan Minnesma, Urgenda. For the first time, regular citizens were able to hold their government accountable for taking insufficient action to keep them safe from climate change. The court ruled that the Dutch government must reduce emissions by 25% by the end of 2020.
June 2015: The most important American civil rights case in a generation declared same-sex marriage legal across the United States. The victory followed years of collaboration between equality activists, lawyers and couples seeking the right to be married and was celebrated around the world as a victory for love.
We push back against unfair policies and laws with innovative test cases that relieve hardship for millions of Australians.
We are taking on injustice with environmental challenges, corporate accountability cases and standing up for asylum seekers.
But legal fights can be long and expensive, especially when you're going up against the Commonwealth of Australia or major corporations.
We need your help. Please make a tax-deductible donation now.
Your donation to Grata will help fund the considerable legal costs of public interest litigation, from legal fees to expert evidence and High Court filing fees.
A contribution to Grata is a tax-deductible investment in direct, decisive litigation that creates real change. Join us today.