New Canberra office for Aboriginal Legal ServicePosted on June 13, 2013
The new Canberra office of the New South Wales/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service has been officially opened.
The office is located on University Avenue on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin.
The opening was attending by members of the local community and legal sector, including elder Agnes Shea, ALS Chief Executive Phil Naden, Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Rod Little and ACT Chief Justice Terrence Higgins.
The ALS says it advises and represents up to forty people each week in and outside Canberra courtrooms.
The office will house three full-time criminal law solicitors, a field officer, a Prisoner ThroughCare Manager and two practical legal training volunteers.
Meanwhile, a statement on the ALS Facebook page says there's less than three weeks to go before the custody notification service stops due to a lack of funding.
The group says it's still looking for half a million dollars to provide the phone legal service to over 15,000 people taken into police custody each year.