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Legal Aid Queensland provides legal assistance to financially disadvantaged people throughout Queensland. Our services include community legal education and information.
We educate and engage with the community about legal issues.
Community legal education (CLE) is a recognised early intervention and prevention strategy to reach our clients and the broader community.
It supports Commonwealth and Queensland Government legal assistance priorities which focus on:
CLE equips people with the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to deal with legal problems encountered in everyday life.
Our CLE Strategy is delivered through:
“Every person has the right to education; it allows people to understand the process of justice and, importantly, allows people to have meaningful engagements with the justice system. By empowering one person with your knowledge of legal rights, you could in fact be empowering an entire community.”
- Nelson Mandela, ‘Lighting your way to a better future’ (Speech delivered at the Launch of Mindset Network, Planetarium, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg South Africa, 16 July 2003).
We do this by:
These relationships help us to:
Our CLE team will support our staff to achieve quality practice in CLE. This means our activities will:
Our strategy will be assessed against performance indicators in Legal Aid Queensland’s operational plan. We use an action-learning process to review and evaluate CLE program activities. The information gathered will inform our annual plan and guide future projects.
Figure 1: Community legal education cycle.