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1. The Blurred Borders Project
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid WA
Contact Person: Jane Stewart
Jurisdiction: WA NT
Date Added: 14-12-2018

Many culturally connected Aboriginal communities span the Northern Territory/Western Australia border. Different laws apply on each side of the border, which can create confusion about the law for local Aboriginal people. The aim of Blurred Borders is to produce resource kits for legal and community service providers working with Aboriginal people in the NT/WA cross-border region. The resource kits use visual art and storytelling to help explain, in a culturally accessible way, the key legal concepts around bail and the criminal process, and family violence. These resources are also helpful for non-Aboriginal people and have been used with CALD individuals and those with cognitive impairments.

2. Northern Territory Law Handbook
CLC/Agency: Multiple agencies
Contact Person: Dorothy Fauls
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 27-01-2017

The NT Law Handbook is an easy-to-read guide to law in the Northern Territory. This approach to providing the community with plain language information on a comprehensive range of legal topics has been developed by AustLII, the NT Legal Aid Commission and the Darwin Community Legal Service, with the support of the Law Society of the Northern Territory Public Purposes Trust. Over 70 people from the legal community, government and community agencies donated their time, expertise and effort to ensure that the text is up-to-date and accurate. All sections have links to the primary legislation and case law as well as further information, including contacts should you require legal advice. Simply browse and click on any of the more than 100 ...

3. The Queensland Law Handbook Online
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 06-01-2017

The Queensland Law Handbook online is a comprehensive, plain-English legal resource designed to help you deal with your legal problems.

4. The Plain English Legal Dictionary
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 21-12-2016

This Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English. This vital resource helps lawyers, police, judges and other legal staff to communicate with Indigenous people who do not speak English as a first language. The plain English descriptions provide meaningful and clear ways to discuss complex legal topics.

5. The Plain English Legal Dictionary Northern Territory Criminal Law English-Djambarrpuyngu
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery, Hannah Harper
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-12-2016

The Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English, and translated into Djambarrpuyŋu (a language of northeast Arnhem Land). Available as a PDF or online interactive version.

6. Are you in prison and need legal help?
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 07-06-2016

We offer free legal help to prisoners in Queensland’s correctional centres. Our prison legal advice lawyers provide legal information and advice either face-to-face, via videoconference or over the phone.

7. Breaking Down Barriers
CLC/Agency: St Kilda Legal Service
Contact Person: Suzan Gencay
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 25-05-2016

Many people with disability face multiple complex barriers to accessing the justice system. At this innovative and informative forum, learn to empower your clients and hear from some of the leading experts in disability support services, legal services, the judiciary, social work and more. This full day forum also provides continuing professional development (CPD) points for lawyers and social workers, as well as an excellent opportunity for networking and learning about how to improve access to justice for your clients with disability.

8. Rights on Show 2016
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 01-04-2016

Darwin Community Legal Service's 22nd human rights art award and exhibition will be held at the Darwin Supreme Court.

9. Are you in prison and need legal help?
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid Queensland
Contact Person: Katherine (Lamont) Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 27-10-2015

We offer free legal help to prisoners in Queensland’s correctional centres. Our prison legal advice lawyers provide legal information and advice either face-to-face, via videoconference or over the phone.

A factsheet is available via this link.

10. The Queensland Law Handbook
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 19-12-2014

A plain-English guide to the law.

11. Lawyers Practice Manual of Queensland
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 19-12-2014

A loose-leaf subscription based manual aimed at lawyers.

This product is a narrative guide to the practice and procedure of law in Queensland. This compendium of law assists in achieving better and faster outcomes for practitioners in dealing with a variety of legal issues.

12. Everyday-Law Website
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

Everyday-Law has been developed to help Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot.

You can search the site to:

  • better understand your legal issues
  • find someone who can help without breaking the bank
  • understand how Victorian courts and the legal system work
  • learn how to resolve disputes in and out of court
13. Victorian Legal Directory
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

'Have a Legal Question?' has been developed by Everyday-Law to help Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot. The best everyday legal information in one place.

14. Victorian Law Help Directory
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

The Everyday-Law Online Directory is a comprehensive list of organisations that provide free or low-cost legal advice and information to Victorians on a wide range of issues. Use it to get the right help for your legal questions.

15. Smart Justice Project
CLC/Agency: Smart Justice (Federation of Community Legal Centres et al)
Contact Person: Michelle McDonnell
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 29-10-2014

The Smart Justice project promotes a safer community in Victoria through criminal justice policies that reduce crime, are based on evidence, and comply with human rights.

The project utilises fact sheets, a blog, submissions, social media and public events to promote public policy debate.

16. Got A Fine
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Author: NTLAC, NAAJA and CAALAS Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-10-2014

The kit was developed to train and inform frontline service providers to assist clients to work out solutions to their fines, set up time to pay arrangements and other options.

It is aimed at preventing people building up huge fines due to not being able to pay all at once, not understanding or ignoring notices.

The kit includes all the guidelines and forms you need and a step by step how to.

17. Talking Justice
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Peter Noble
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-04-2014

A weekend series of public conversations around the role of justice in a free society, featuring some of Australia's finest writers and thinkers. Presented and moderated by Professor Martin Krygier.

Program

  • Father Frank Brennan: Asylum seekers; how do we balance fairness, safety and compassion?
  • Simon Breheny: Freedom of speech and the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.
  • Nicholas Cowdery: Is drug law reform less harmful than prohibition? Are there smarter responses to criminal behaviour?
  • Professor Arie Freiberg: Sentencing, parole boards and changing laws for individuals.
  • Debbie Kilroy: Criminal justice; who are the real victims? Anne Manne...
18. Animated films: Indigenous civil and family law needs
CLC/Agency: Indigenous Legal Needs Project
Contact Person: Fiona Allison
Jurisdiction: NT VIC
Date Added: 11-02-2014

These two animated films present Indigenous peoples' accounts of common civil and family law problems (as well as research findings of the ILNP). It can be used as an education tool for Indigenous communities around civil and family law.

19. Life Planning presentation
CLC/Agency: Central Highlands Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Lisa Buckland
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 16-01-2014

Powerpoint presentation about Wills and Powers of Attorney. This presentation has been used for Hospice on a regular basis, prisoners, and senior groups.

20. Response to Review of the Parole System in Victoria
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Peter Noble
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 11-10-2013

Loddon Campaspe CLC's response to the Review of the Parole System in Victoria by Justice Ian Callinan highlights the fact that funding constraints are at the heart of parole problems in Victoria, with chronic underfunding for parolee supervision, monitoring and support compromising the best efforts of the parole administration system.

Loddon Campaspe CLC argues that the Inquiry’s narrow terms of reference fail to allow for adequate attention to be given to resourcing issues. We also explain how issues raised by the Inquiry relate to Victoria’s system of detention and supervision of serious sexual offenders (which was also neglected under the Inquiry).

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