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​Community Legal Centres

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) provide a range of free legal services to address the specific needs of disadvantaged sectors for the community.  There are 40 CLCs in NSW.  CLCs are community based non-profit organisations that:

  • provide general legal services in a geographical area such as the Redfern Legal Centre and the Western NSW CLC;
  • specialise in particular areas of law such as the Consumer Credit Legal Centre and the Welfare Rights Centre; and
  • assist particular groups of people such as the Women’s Legal Service and the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre.

Services provided by CLCs include:

  • legal advice in person and by telephone;
  • some casework;
  • limited representation for public interest and test cases;
  • community legal education;
  • community involvement through volunteer work in legal services, research, administrative support and management of services; and
  • law reform and policy work.

The Legal Education and Advice in Prison (LEAP) for Women program assists women prisoners in realising and enforcing their human rights, in particular their rights in accessing justice. Women’s Legal Services (WLS NSW) provides this service along with Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre, and Hawkesbury Nepean Community Legal Centre in recognition of the high levels of unmet need amongst prisoners for civil and family law services. LEAP addresses this need by providing and facilitating access to legal services for incarcerated women, in particular, Aboriginal women.

Through LEAP, the community legal centres provide regular, free legal advice clinics and some community legal education services at the three women’s correctional centres in metropolitan Sydney: Dillwynia, Emu Plains and Silverwater Women’s. Legal advice clinics are held once a month at each location, so the women can develop a familiarity and trust in the service.

For more information about CLCs and referrals to CLCs, contact LawAccess by pressing 02# on the Common Auto Dial List (CADL).