Suncoast Community Legal Service provides free legal help in a number of ways.
Legal Advice and Referral Services
Legal Advice and Referral is provided by appointment, with volunteer and employed lawyers regularly available at seven locations around the Sunshine Coast. Brief assistance casework is conducted by employed lawyers, assisted by University of the Sunshine Coast law students, for disadvantaged clients whose matters have particular merit.
Appointments are available in the following areas:
In addition, information and referral services are available over the telephone during business hours.
Community Legal Education
Public seminars are conducted by volunteer and staff lawyers, often in Council libraries, on topical subjects. Click here to see the current program of events.
Suncoast Community Legal Service is a Regional Service Provider for the North Coast region (Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie local government areas) with the Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS). For more about this service, visit the QSTARS website here.
Currently our organisation’s nominated projects have a consistent thread and reflect our community’s abhorrence of the continued prevalence and perpetration of domestic and family violence. It is an organisational imperative for the Service to be part of the movement for change.
- Joining with the University of the Sunshine Coast, SunnyKids, SCOPE, In Place and UnitingCare Community to form the Sunshine Coast Domestic Violence Action Group. The Group hosted the inaugural Sunshine Coast Domestic and Family Violence Symposium, with the theme of ‘Make It Stop – A Sunshine Coast Plan to Stop Domestic Violence’, in December 2015.
- Piloting the Legal Health Check, which is a user-friendly tool developed by QPILCH (Queensland Public Interest Legal Clearing House) for collaborating with community workers to assess and address their clients’ immediate, as well as broader, legal needs. Our partners in this pilot project are Legal Aid Queensland and SunnyKids.
- Participation in the new Domestic and Family Violence Duty Lawyer Service at Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Suncoast Community Legal Service, Legal Aid Queensland and other lawyers assist domestic violence clients so they can readily access legal advice and support.
- Producing and staging Piano Forte, a play which explores family violence in the context of Elder Abuse. Performances are being conducted in 2016.