Townsville LawRight office and LegalPod close 29 September 2017

All LawRight Townsville services and our LegalPod service are officially closing today.

David Maunsell and Cherie McLaughlin in Townsville and Charlie Raftos with LegalPod are all finishing up, having offered stellar service to LawRight and their communities.

The Townsville office was officially opened on May 2014 by the Honourable Justice David North, however LawRight has coordinated a Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic in Townsville since 2008.

We appreciate the strong support of the Townsville legal profession to deliver much-needed services to people experiencing homelessness or requiring assistance to self represent in state courts and tribunals.

LegalPod commenced in 2014 to reduce the high levels of homelessness experienced by young people transitioning from state protective care. Twelve law firms and eleven community agencies have collaborated to help young people avoid jail, secure their housing and income and improve their health and decision making. It is bittersweet that LegalPod has been recognised as an effective model and adopted in other states.

LawRight will continue to work with all levels of government to ensure sustainable funding for legal assistance services is directed to those who need it most.

Correspondence for these services should be directed to our Brisbane office.

FUNDING DISAPPOINTMENT

We are immensely disappointed that LawRight will not receive government funding for the following services:

- Townsville
- LegalPod
- Mental Health Law Practice
- Extra support for the Cairns HPLC

We were successful in our application to operate a Duty Lawyer service at QCAT to provide comprehensive services for parties impacted by domestic and family violence.

Thank you for your support and we’ll let you know the path ahead when we can.

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Change in services

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to operate the QIRC Workers' Compensation Appeals Service or the Enforcement Hearing Duty Lawyer Service due to funding cuts.

LawRight generally cannot assist with:

 - Family law

 - Criminal law

 - Native title

 - Clients who could afford to pay a lawyer, obtain Legal Aid, or obtain 'no win, no fee' assistance (e.g. personal injury, negligence).

You may be able to get assistance through a different community legal centre. For a list of centres in Queensland, please visit Community Legal Centres Queensland.

 

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