October 30, 2015

State Coroner heeds community legal centre recommendations in Sargun Ragi inquest findings

State Coroner Ian Gray has today heeded key recommendations from a joint community legal centre submission in his findings in the inquest of Sargun Ragi, which were handed down this morning.


October 29, 2015

Eminent panel considers continuing Federal Government challenges to ‘last resort’ legal help

An eminent panel including Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, Federal Labor MP Tim Watts, Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough and leading community lawyers will today (1.30pm) consider the value of ‘last resort’ free legal help by community legal centres, and key challenges that Victorian centres continue to face as they work daily to deliver justice for disadvantaged Victorians.


October 29, 2015

Annual report shows community legal centres achieving change together

The annual report for the Federation of Community Legal Centres shows 2014–15 was a year that saw the Federation and our member centres achieving change together.


October 23, 2015

Victoria set for access to justice review

Following an election commitment, the Victorian Government yesterday announced an access to justice review spanning legal assistance services including legal aid, pro bono legal help and community legal centres.


October 09, 2015

State Government funding grants a welcome boost for community legal centres

The Victorian State Government has announced recipients of $3.2 million in grants to community legal centres through the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund at an event held at West Justice Community Legal Centre this morning.


September 24, 2015

First decision of Cabinet on family violence a positive step but falls short for women seeking legal help to stay safe

This morning’s announcement of a package of initiatives to tackle family violence, reflecting the first Cabinet decision of the Turnbull Government, is a positive indication of a greater focus on family violence but will still leave thousands of women without family violence legal help, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


September 17, 2015

Ombudsman report shows urgent need for criminal justice rethink

A Victorian Ombudsman report released today shows an urgent need to rethink criminal justice in Victoria, according to the Smart Justice Project of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


September 15, 2015

New leadership needed to end family violence

The appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister will be an empty change unless the Federal Government matches its claimed commitment to end family violence with action to fund services and respect their right to advocate.


August 24, 2015

Community legal centres gather for national conference as new figures reveal severe impact of Federal Government cuts in Victoria

As community legal centres from around Australia converge on Melbourne for their national conference this week, the full impact of Federal Government cuts has been revealed by new figures showing the projected funding for Victorian centres through to 2019–20.


August 12, 2015

Legal help with family violence reaches more women when community legal centres partner with hospitals, royal commission will hear

In its Wednesday public hearing, the Royal Commission into Family Violence will hear that free legal help with family violence reaches more women when community legal centres partner with hospitals. The commission will hear evidence on Acting on the Warning Signs, a project in which Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) provides free legal help to women at the Royal Women’s Hospital.


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