We seek to provide a holistic legal service for the benefit of disadvantaged and marginalised people to create a more just society.
GENERALIST DAY SERVICE
Solicitors are able to provide legal advice between 9am–1pm and 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday by appointment, but times between 8:30am - 5pm can be arranged. The centre is not able to provide advice on some areas of law, such as commercial matters, personal injuries, criminal law and conveyancing. This service is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
Appointments can be provided in person or by phone.
MRCLC also provides advice appointments in Bowen, Proserpine, Cannonvale and Sarina once a month.
QUEENSLAND STATEWIDE TENANT ADVICE AND REFERRAL SERVICE (QSTARS)
MRCLC is a partner with Tenants Queensland Inc. (TQ), along with other partners, to provide advice, ongoing assistance and representation to tenants or residents seeking legal assistance with their residential tenancy or rooming accommodation under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. This is a statewide service. TQ receives its funding from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.
In the first instance please call the statewide number 1300 744 263. Once a referral is received from the TQ hub, we may provide assistance, such as drafting a QCAT application, drafting submissions or liaising with the real estate agent.
LEGAL ADVICE EVENINGS
Legal advice evenings are held 2 evenings a month between 5:35pm - 8:00pm. Volunteer solicitors, social workers and co-ordinators provide information, advice, referrals and counselling 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, PROSERPINE AND SARINA
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 Counselling & Support Inc. (WC&S) in Cannonvale and Proserpine Community Centre.
The MRCLC provides advice appointments at the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre on the second Tuesday of the month.
Please contact us on (07) 4953 1211 to book your appointment with a solicitor.
Bowen Neighbourhood Centre is located at 20 Williams Street, Bowen.
WC&S is located at 1/157 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale.
Proserpine Community Centre is located at 36 Gardenia Street, Proserpine.
Sarina Neighbourhood Centre is located at 65 Broad Street, Sarina.
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 mandated that some people coming before the Mental Health Review Tribunal be legally represented. The MRCLC receives referrals from Legal Aid Queensland to provide this representation. This service is funded by Legal Aid Queensland.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DUTY LAWYER SERVICE
Since October 2015 the MRCLC has provided a duty lawyer service in relation to Applications for a Protection Order. This service is funded by Legal Aid Queensland.
REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT
The centre currently has no migration agents.
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.