Legal aid increases

Thursday, 14th April, 2011

Legal Aid has increased its presence in Broken Hill so that locals can get free family law advice.

Family lawyers from Dubbo have been available for free legal advice at the Far West Community Legal Centre this week, and will make regular three-day visits back to the city every month.

A duty lawyer will be available monthly in the Children's Court and when the family law circuit of Federal Magistrates Court is in town.

Director of Family Law for Legal Aid NSW, Kylie Beckhouse said she was excited about starting services in the city.

"People have been telling us that the community in Broken Hill needs help with family law issues," Ms Beckhouse said.

"We hope this new service will go a long way towards meeting that need."

She said the legal team will be dealing with anyone with problems regarding to family law, including child support, and people seeking "advice about other situations."

Legal Aid can also offer advice in child protection matters such as proceedings in the Children's Court of NSW.

"Anyone who has a family law problem such as someone who wants a divorce."

She also said lawyer Ashleigh Dallman will be able to "pick up case work" on her monthly visits to the city.

"So there is the same face coming down to do the work."

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Far West Community Legal Centre on 8088 2020 or 1800 300 036.