The Law Society of NSW welcomes the findings of the Coroner into the death of Scott Johnson.

President of The Law Society of NSW Pauline Wright said the Coroner's findings that Mr Johnson died as a result of a gay hate attack represented an acknowledgement of the failure of authorities to effectively investigate gay hate crimes in the past.

"Many families who have suffered the trauma of losing a loved one in violent circumstances have been further scarred by the failure of authorities to provide adequate support and assistance," Ms Wright said.

Ms Wright said police attitudes and procedures concerning crimes against the LGBTIQA community had improved in recent times.

This included the introduction of specific policies and programs supporting members of the LGBTIQA community as well as Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers.

"However we call on Commissioner Mick Fuller to acknowledge the mistakes of the past and assure the public that they will never be repeated," Ms Wright said

"This could enhance trust and public confidence in the police particularly in the LGBTIQA community."

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