What are the main legal issues dealt with?
The main legal issues dealt with are:
- Family law matters (excluding property settlement matters)
- Consumer complaints
- Credit and debt matters
- Employment law
- Legal forms and documents
- Criminal matters
- Youth issues
- Vitcims Services
- Care & Protection - Children and Young Persons (Care & Protection) Act 1998
Commercial disputes between businesses, contesting wills, personal injury, workers compensation, Family Law property and child support payments are generally referred to other solicitors.
Community Legal Education
All Community Legal Centres are required to provide community legal education. What this entails is solicitors from each service providing broad legal information to the community. This is usually delivered through seminars and lectures with local community groups. These lectures usually cover such topics as family law, traffic law, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship and public interest topics like human rights.
North & North West Community Legal Service also, uniquely, hosts an hour long fortnightly radio program on 2ARM, a local radio station. The Service uses this program as a vessel to broadcast their legal education lectures to a listener base of up to 30,000 people. The program has also been fortunate to host talks and interviews with several members of the local community services and legal services.
Contact our office to organise one of our solicitors to come and speak to your group.
North & North West Community Legal Service also provides an outreach service. What this means is that solicitors from the Service in Armidale will travel to local towns to provide face to face legal advice and to give legal education.
The outreach service currently visits the following towns:
- Wee Waa
- Glen Innes
The towns visited in the outreach service are visited on a monthly basis, except for Tamworth which is visited fortnightly and Tenterfield and Quirindi bi-monthly. In addition to our face to face outreach service, our solicitors can provide legal advice over the phone to anyone within the appointed area.
The area our service covers is bounded by the Queensland Border to the North between the towns of Goondiwindi and Tenterfield. Our Service covers as far west as Moree and Narrabri, as far South as Quirindi and as far East as Armidale and Glen Innes.
'Back on Track' Program
Our solicitors also visit Glen Innes Correctional Centre on a monthly basis, and administer the 'Back on Track' program. The program aims to reduce re-offending through educating inmates on issues that commonly affect them, both inside and outside prison. Our solicitors also take the opportunity to provide one on one legal advice and assistance whilst visiting the inmates, and deal with family and civil law issues.
Communitly Legal Centres Generally
Community Legal Centres work for the public interest, particularly for disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities. We promote human rights, social justice, and a better environment by advocating for access to justice and equitable laws and legal systems, and through the provision of legal services including strategic case work, community legal education and law reform campaigns.
A community legal centre consists of staff including solicitors, social workers and community legal educators. We also have volunteer law students and others working with us to extend our legal services.
There are 39 Community Legal Centre (both generalist and specialist centres) in New South Wales and 207 in Australia.
The NSW State Association Website - http://www.nswclc.org.au/
The National Association Website - http://www.naclc.org.au/
Community Legal Centres are independent, non-profit organisations, which establish their own goals and priorities in response to the legal and related needs of the communities they serve.