The South East Community Legal Service Inc (SECLS) provides free legal advice, information and assistance, focusing on the disadvantaged residents of the South East of South Australia.
SECLS is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s department and receives support from the City of Mount Gambier for office accommodation.
SECLS can provide legal advice about most areas of law. Some general advice can be given over the phone. If the matter is more complex, it is better if the client makes an appointment to come and see a solicitor face to face.
Some of the areas of law that SECLS provides advice on are:
SECLS can provide information to clients about wills and power of attorney documents but we do not draft these documents for clients.
SECLS can assist the client in contacting an agency that would be suitable to provide further advice on their matter.
SECLS may be able to help the client complete simple court documents or write a letter on behalf of the client, if they are unable to do it themselves.
SECLS visits Millicent and Naracoorte and the prison on a fortnightly basis, by appointment.
SECLS visits Pangula Mannamurna on a Thursday, by appointment.
SECLS may represent people in courts and tribunals in certain matters where legal aid assistance is not available. SECLS may also negotiate or advocate on the clients behalf.
Ongoing casework assistance may be provided to disadvantaged clients where no other assistance is available and the matter comes within our casework guidelines.
Our paralegal staff can assist with bankruptcy applications and divorce applications.
There are some areas of law that SECLS cannot assist with such as:
Clients with these matters will be appropriately referred to a service that can assist them with their matter.
The Legal Services Commission of SA provides Legal Aid. SECLS can assist with the completion of legal aid forms. We can assist the client to appeal if legal aid is refused. SECLS does not provide financial assistance, only legal advice, information and referrals.
SECLS offers seminars on different areas of law. We also give talks to school groups and community groups and services. If you would like to attend a seminar, or would like a lawyer to give a talk to your group, please call our office. Let us know if you would like to be added to our email list to be notified of upcoming seminars.
There are over 200 Community Legal Centres located throughout Australia in urban, regional and remote locations who are independent, not for profit community-based organisations.
CLC’s are committed to working to ensure that everyone has equitable access to justice
CLC’s not only provide legal services to individuals but work within their communities to provide preventative services such as community development, community legal education, law and policy reform projects that inform, strengthen and empower the people they serve.
Centres are committed to collaboration with government, legal aid, the private legal profession and community partners to ensure the best outcomes for their clients and the system of justice in Australia.
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