We seek to provide a holistic legal service for the benefit of disadvantaged and marginalised people to create a more just society
Solicitors are able to provide legal advice between 9am– 5pm Monday to Friday by appointment. The centre is not able to provide advice on some areas of law, such as commercial law, conveyancing or native title.
LEGAL ADVICE EVENINGS
Legal advice evenings are held 2 evenings a month between 5:35pm - 7:30pm. Volunteer solicitors, social workers, co-ordinators and migration agents provide information, advice, referrals and counselling to members of the community by appointment.
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer as an evening co-ordinator, solicitor, barrister, social worker or migration agent at these evenings.
OUTREACH SERVICES - BOWEN, CANNONVALE AND PROSERPINE
The MRCLC provides legal advice appointments at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre on the fourth Thursday of the month and on the following day at the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service (WCCS) and Proserpine Community Centre. Please contact us on (07) 4953 1211 to book your appointment with a solicitor.
Bowen Neighbourhood Centre is located at 20 Williams Street, Bowen.
WCCS is located at 1/157 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale.
Proserpine Community Centre is located at 36 Gardenia St, Proserpine.
Upon request, the MRCLC can also provide general information sessions on certain areas of law to the public or workers of community organisations.
MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATION SERVICE
Since March 2017 the Mental Health Act 2016 mandates that some people coming before the Mental Health Review Tribunal be legally represented. The MRCLC receives referrals from Legal Aid to provide this representation.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DUTY LAWYER SERVICE
Since October 2015 the MRCLC has provided a duty lawyer service in relation to Applications for a Protection Order. The MRCLC primarily provides legal advice to either respondents or an aggrieved upon request, but primarily assists respondents with a Legal Aid duty lawyer assisting the aggrieved.
REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT
The centre has 2 volunteer migration agents. These migration agents are able to offer one-off migration advice and assistance by appointment in certain types of migration matters. The migration agents do not assist with completing visa applications and cannot provide representation in the Migration Review Tribunal. The Code of Conduct for registered migration agents is located at: https://www.mara.gov.au/Agent-Information/Code-of-Conduct/Code-of-Conduct/default.aspx.
The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority has appointed MRCLC an authorised pro bono organisation. Migration agents are therefore able to obtain CPD points by providing voluntary migration assistance at the MRCLC.
PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING PLACEMENTS
We are able to offer a limited number of law students undertaking their Practical Legal Training course a placement at our centre on a voluntary basis. Please send us a covering letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to apply for a position or contact us for further information.