Legal Aid and Community Legal Centres

Labor strongly believes that all Tasmanians should have effective access to justice on an equal basis.

We understand that Legal Aid must be available for all criminal cases for those people who cannot afford a lawyer and where possible, Legal Aid should be available for civil cases, especially for child protection matters.

Community Legal Services must be able to provide a wide range of generalist legal advice services to as many Tasmanians as possible.

That’s why a Labor Government will restore funding to both Legal Aid and the Community Legal Centres (CLCs) that have suffered from Federal cuts.

In the first year a Labor Government will continue to fund the $1.2m to Legal Aid and the Community Legal Centres cut by the Federal Government.

Labor will also commit to providing an additional $200,000 to CLCs across Tasmania to replace funding cuts to legal services and commit to lobbying federally for an increase in all CLC funding.

Labor is committed to ensuring everyone has access to legal representation.