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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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Title

Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

Other title

Tabled Paper 433

Collection

Tabled Papers for 14th Assembly 2020 -; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2021-11-30

Notes

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Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/851059

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/851060

Page content

n o rt h e rn t e rr it o ry l e g a l a id c o m m is si o n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 3 4 Our Principal Functions (continued) Violence Legal Service and our family law practice area. The casework is diverse, complex and challenging. The financial counsellor has joined a strong community of practice with representation from other financial counsellors working in legal services around Australia. Law reform issues have been identified and work is ongoing in that regard. Community Legal Education The Legal Aid Act specifically notes the role of the Commission in initiating and carrying out education programs to promote public understanding (especially for people with special needs) of rights, powers, privileges and duties under the laws in force in the NT. In late 2020 our long standing manager of the Community Legal Education Team, John Jablonka, left the Commission. John built a strong foundation on which CLE work is undertaken at NT Legal Aid, and left us with a clear vision of where we are focusing our work in future. An internal restructure in late 2020 saw the Community Legal Education team come under the umbrella of Preventative Legal Services. The Community Legal Education (CLE) team coordinates NT Legal Aid's education activities. The team developed a new five year CLE Strategy (2020-2025), setting out five key areas of work: Goals what we will achieve by 2025 Priority target audiences SMART goals for each priority audience Key activities Support systems what supports do we need to achieve our goals by 2025 Why do CLE? CLE is delivered to improve peoples access to and understanding of the law, their rights and ways to prevent, minimise and solve legal problems. It also builds the legal capability of service providers to improve legal system responses and thus improve social outcomes. Who is it for? CLE has a broader audience than clients seeking legal help from NT Legal Aid. Our priority audiences are vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds from across the NT. This means anyone with a higher risk of legal problems and greater barriers to addressing these due to social isolation. Current priorities are: Young people; CALD/Migrant communities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; International students; Service providers. Community Legal Education Team Preventative Legal Services Team Palmerston


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