Access to justice

1 minute read  27.09.2018
As a firm, we approach our ongoing commitment to improving access to justice in a spirit of collaboration, working with a range of community partners to ensure our skills are matched with the most critical legal needs and in line with our key themes.

Every year, including this year, more than one-third of our total pro bono legal assistance is dedicated to 'access to justice' partnerships with our long-term partners including:

  • Partnerships
  • Justice Connect
  • LawRight
  • Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  • JusticeNet SA
  • Law Access WA
  • Canberra Community Law

Secondments

Our connection with our community partners is enhanced through a series of pro bono secondments, which act to boost the capacity of the legal assistance sector and provide our people with the opportunity to immerse themselves in delivering social impact through legal services and strategic advocacy.

Outreach

We believe that participating in coordinated outreach legal clinics is the most effective form of intervention for marginalised citizens with unresolved legal issues. In partnership with others, we take our services to where they are most needed and where they can be accessed most effectively. This includes direct legal assistance to marginalised citizens to help prevent homelessness, resolve civil debts, and reduce the impact of the law on people living in poverty or experiencing personal hardship.

Collaboration with Community Legal Centres

In addition to the outreach legal clinics, we participate in other focused work with community legal centres such as:

  • Self-representation services
  • Marrickville Legal Centre and Caxton Legal Centre employment law clinics
  • Darebin Community Legal Centre Indigenous Legal clinic
  • RAILS
  • Canberra Community Law
  • Law Access WA
  • Employment Law Centre WA

This article featured in our 2018 Annual Report

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