We’re looking for new premises

The Queensland Law Society has been our landlord since July 2017 but the lease has now ended and we are looking for new premises near the CBD. If you can assist our search in any way, please contact Joint Director linda.macpherson@lawright.org.au for our rental specifications.

Magistrates Court service to pause

Regrettably, we have paused our service to self-represented litigants in the Magistrates Court, due to insufficient funds.

LawRight uses your donations to deliver innovative services that are not government-funded but respond to critical access to justice needs. Three such services are our Financial Counselling service, a Health Justice Partnership to vulnerable young adults at the Mater Young Adults Health Centre and our pilot self-representation service to the Magistrates Court.

The Magistrates Court service commenced in July 2021 and assisted 86 clients with over 220 advice sessions or task assistance to progress their matters, resolve their disputes, and navigate their proceedings more effectively.  Proceedings in this jurisdiction can be just as legally complex as they are in the higher courts. Litigants still face the potentially ruinous impact of adverse decisions, the potential for costs orders for failing to understand process and procedures, and the stress and difficulty involved in navigating our legal system. However, the most vulnerable litigants in this court don’t have access to legal advice or representation for their civil law matters.

Despite this need we decided to pause the Magistrates Court service at the end of June, due to insufficient funds. We will continue to assist existing clients where possible but will not intake new clients until we review this decision in January 2023.

Increasing success with a financial counsellor

When women exit prison, they can face a barrage of debts that have grown in complexity during their incarceration and impact their capacity to build a stable future. Working with our lawyers, our financial counsellor helped a young parolee secure the waiver of >$20,000 debt and prevent repossession of her car by resolving an additional >$20,000 loan, which infringed responsible lending practices. The refund we secured helped the young woman as she re-integrated into society.

Each of our unfunded services relies on your donations with annual operational costs of >$100,000 per service. Your support always counts!

Give with pleasure!

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Red Wine for Justice is a wonderful opportunity to support LawRight and have fun in the process.  You can still register for yourself and your friends and start planning your version of pleasure. Will you…
  • Bid for a picnic for eight, hosted by the Hon Roslyn Atkinson AO and the Hon Ann Lyons?
  • Bid for a high tea for five, hosted by the Hon Margaret McMurdo AC and the Hon Margaret White AO?
  • Enjoy great conversations,  fine wines for drinking and gourmet winter food?
  • Ponder the musings of His Honour, Justice Peter Applegarth, our special guest speaker?
  • Join the fray at the wine auction?
  • Delight guests at your next celebration with your silent auction success – lots include 6 bottles of 2000 Kilikanoon Clare Valley Oracle Shiraz, or a stunning 6 bottles of 2016 E.Guigal Hermitage Rouge (with a further 6 bottles available in the main auction)
  • All of the above?

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