Video phone legal aid for Glenorchy

THE Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania has extended its Video Telephone Clinic Service to Glenorchy.

Legal Aid’s acting director Susie Winter said the new service, based at Libraries Tasmania in Glenorchy, was designed to expand access to justice for all Tasmanians.

“Effectively, with our four main offices in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, we have now effectively added seven offices to Legal Aid,” she said.

“The new Video Telephone Clinic Service means that clients can obtain free advice in their own communities and locations that are accessible to our clients.”

Ms Winter said Legal Aid clients could make face-to-face appointments with Legal Aid lawyers about any legal problem via the video link in Glenorchy.

“This service helps remove barriers to accessing legal information, advice and assistance, and assist in earlier identification and resolution of legal issues,” she said.

“We have also increased community awareness of how Legal Aid can assist members of those communities, and continue to work with existing non-legal service providers in identifying legal need.

“We also know the new service will ensure victims of family violence can access Legal Aid services without coming to the city.”

Legal Aid’s Video Telephone Clinic Services are in Geeveston, New Norfolk, Cygnet, on the Tasman Peninsula, Flinders Island and in Triabunna.

Caption: Glenorchy Library manager Fiona Vagg, left, and Yvonne Golder, acting co-manager of advice and legal services, test out the new video telephone at Glenorchy.

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