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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:
Services provided by CLCs include:
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).