Community Legal Education and Reform Database
The Community Legal Education and Reform (CLEAR) Database is a clearinghouse for community legal education and law reform projects undertaken by legal assistance services including CLCs, Legal Aid Commissions, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSIL).
Disclaimer: Laws and policies are often changing. We encourage you to check the currency of any laws or policies referenced in any projects listed on CLEAR.
The CLEAR Corner by NACLC Bruce
Do you know that the CLEAR database has been updated, in response to feedback from CLE workers across the legal assistance sector? These changes will make it easier for legal assistance services to access, search and contribute to CLEAR.
In particular, CLEAR users can now:
- browse by jurisdiction (top right)
- browse by most recent (top right)
- users can sort entries by 'Date Added' and by 'Title' (alphabetically)
- when contributing projects, indicate whether projects have been evaluated, and
- use the advanced search to look for projects that have been evaluated.
NACLC has also added a disclaimer to each CLEAR entry, reminding users to check the currency of any laws or policies referred to in a CLEAR project.
If you've submitted an entry to CLEAR in the past, NACLC encourages you to review it and advise us via email of any updates, including whether the project has been evaluated. This helps CLCs using the database to inform their own projects.
Feature project for November 2016: Legal Health Check POP UP shops!
Staff from Barwon Community Legal Service promoting the Legal Health Check at a local shopping centre
To celebrate Law Week 2016, Barwon Community Legal Service were out in our community offering free Legal Health Checks and a shot in their blizzard machine to win instant prizes. There was an opportunity for community members to have a one-on-one chat with a legal professional and also take away resources to read at home. The service ran six successful days of events in three locations and spoke to over 1200 people.
What is a Legal Health Check though? It's a conversation starter to help people identify their legal problems and get help. The Legal Health Check resource is an online legal screening tool developed for NACLC by the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), with funding from the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, that can be used by legal assistance services and community workers to “diagnose” a client’s multiple legal needs using structured interview questions and then collaborate with legal services to develop effective referral pathways to address those legal needs.
To learn more about LHCs, visit: www.legalhealthcheck.org.au and read about Barwon Community Legal Service's POP UP shops here.
Connect with CLEAR
If you need a simple step-by-step guide to contributing projects to CLEAR, check out this Prezi. You can also follow the CLEAR database on Twitter for the latest news on CLE projects. And, don't forget to subscribe to the CLEAR newsletter for updates (above).