The Fremantle Community Legal Centre is expanding its Evening Legal Service to run weekly.
It has been operating the Evening Legal Service since 1994, which offers free legal assistance to Fremantle residents and the wider community across various areas of law.
The Fremantle Community Legal Centre is a non-profit organisation, which has been operating for over 30 years. It is funded and managed by the City of Fremantle, the only local government in Western Australia that provides a legal centre for its community.
After partnering with a large national law firm, the Fremantle Community Legal Centre has been able to increase its Evening Legal Service from fortnightly to weekly, providing members of the public with one-off pro bono legal appointments and referrals to appropriate services or private lawyers.
The generalist clinic will continue as usual, with the interim week focussing on basic initial advice in family law, extraordinary driver’s licence applications, spent conviction, criminal injuries compensation, restraining orders and protection and care.
Fremantle Community Legal Centre Principal Solicitor Judy McLean said expanding the Evening Legal Service, which has been running for 27 years, was a fantastic outcome for the community.
“Unlike the Fremantle Community Legal Centre’s daily operations, which largely services low-income members of the public, the Evening Legal Service allows people who don’t meet the low-income criteria or who are unable to attend during the day due to work or family commitments to access legal support,” Ms McLean said.
“Through the Evening Legal Service, members of the public can obtain the information, resources and support they need to help resolve their legal problems.
“It’s an invaluable service, particularly for people who are scared or unsure about the first steps in accessing legal support.”