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Access to justice? Simon’s got a website for that

By johnboy - 2 December 2013 0

It should come as no surprise that, in a body politic in which lawyers largely write the laws, access to justice is for the best part a pastime of the wealthy.

So it has come to pass that Simon Corbell has for us a handy figleaf for this raging erection of injustice:

Canberrans will have easier access to information about free or low cost legal assistance services in the ACT following the unveiling of a new website by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today.

“The ACT Legal Assistance Forum (ACTLAF) website also features fact sheets on common legal issues, and training to assist frontline staff to identify clients’ legal needs and help them to connect with legal service providers,” said Mr Corbell.

“The website contains a section that will ‘go live’ during a significant emergency event and provide information about where people affected by a natural disaster can go for legal help, links to other emergency service sites, and the location of outreach legal advice clinics provided through ACTEmergency Legal Help.”

ACT Emergency Legal Help (ACTELH) is the ACT’s emergency legal assistance response plan and has been developed so that Territory legal assistance providers are prepared in case of a significantemergency event.

“The ACTLAF website will provide volunteer solicitors with information about what to do, where tomeet, the host agency supervising the Response Plan and when volunteers are rostered on to provide assistance,” said Mr Corbell.

The website is a result of a funding grant provided under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program Grants Scheme in December 2012. ACTLAF acknowledged the financial support of the Commonwealth and ACT governments in providing this grant.

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