A new and larger Legal Aid office has opened for business just around the corner from the Southport Magistrates Court.
The Gold Coast Legal Aid office is the largest, and busiest in the state outside Brisbane.
It includes seven interview rooms, two conference rooms, meeting rooms and work spaces.
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Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government had provided a funding increase of nearly $12 million for Legal Aid Queensland in the recent State Budget.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing access to legal services for disadvantaged Queenslanders, and that means providing stable, ongoing funding for Legal Aid Queensland,” Mrs D’Ath said.
Legal Aid Queensland acting CEO Paul Davey said the Gold Coast region has a lot of demand for Legal Aid related to domestic and family violence.
“Southport Magistrates Court is one of the busiest in the state when it comes to domestic violence orders,” Mr Davey said.
“That demand flows through to services like Legal Aid Queensland and contracted community legal centres and private law firms that provide duty lawyer services for the Southport specialist domestic and family violence court.”
The office also provides the community with access to legal information and advice, and representation in the family, civil and criminal law courts.