October 14, 2016
What’s the future of free legal help in Victoria?
The future of free legal help in Victoria will be the focus of a symposium at Melbourne Town Hall tomorrow (Friday 14 October). Achieving Justice will bring together community legal centres, Victoria Legal Aid, the Victorian Council of Social Service, Domestic Violence Victoria and key not-for-profit organisations working for social justice.READ MORE
October 04, 2016
Access to Justice Review confirms the value of legal help services, need for increased funding
The Federation of Community Legal Centres has welcomed today’s release of the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review.
Undertaken by the Department of Justice and Regulation, the review was tasked with identifying ways to improve access to justice for Victorians to ensure the most vulnerable and disadvantaged receive the support they need when they have a legal problem.READ MORE
September 06, 2016
Diary ruling a step towards greater scrutiny of damaging legal help cuts, community lawyers say
Today’s Federal Court ruling requiring the reconsideration of a refusal to release the work diary of Attorney-General George Brandis under freedom of information laws has been welcomed by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.READ MORE
July 26, 2016
Community lawyers and advocates voice strong support for royal commission on youth detention
Community lawyers and advocates have strongly supported calls for a royal commission following revelations of young people held in isolation and severely mistreated in detention in the Northern Territory.READ MORE
June 23, 2016
Legal peak rejects Brandis comments, urges PM response to open letter on legal help crisis
The Federation of Community Legal Centres has strongly rejected comments by Federal Attorney-General George Brandis at this week’s legal affairs election debate, and has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to respond urgently to an open letter on the crisis in community legal centre funding.
‘We reject the Attorney-General’s claims that legal affairs under the Federal Government have seen only “boutique controversies” and that funding for legal assistance has been “maintained in real terms”.READ MORE