Homeless get access to legal aid

KYOGLE area residents with a civil legal problem will be able to access free legal advice locally for the first time when Legal Aid NSW begins servicing the town from next week.

"We know there is a need in Kyogle and we haven't been visiting the Ky- ogle area for outreach," Legal Aid solicitor Elizabeth Browne said.

The first two clinics, on Monday, February 6 and Monday, March 5, are specifically for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness.

"What I am trying to do is reach people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and because of their disadvantage are not likely to identify they have a legal problem or seek legal advice," Ms Browne, who is a homelessness specialist, said.

"It is for civil law problems, so it is things like fines, debts, housing, discrimination, consumer protection, and civil liberties, as distinct from family law or criminal law.

"There are no appointments necessary; if people think they might have a legal problem they are welcome to drop in."

The service will continue after March, but dates, times and venues beyond then have not been decided.

"We will review how (the clinics) are going in the first couple of months then we will start putting flyers up around Kyogle with times and places (for future clinics)," Ms Browne said.

"It will be an ongoing service but we are just not sure how often or what the venue will be."

The February and March clinics will be held at Kyogle Together, Geneva St, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

For inquiries phone Legal Aid NSW on 6621 2082.



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