Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is a free, confidential service that supports members of the community to protect their legal rights. Through fair access to legal advice and support, they advocate to resolve issues of injustice and disadvantage. Their service is independent.
DCLS began in 1991 when volunteer lawyers provided free legal advice sessions in Darwin and surrounds. Over time, the service expanded its geographical coverage and the range of matters on which it provided assistance, and is now host to specialist services including the Tenants’ Advice Service and the Seniors and Disability Rights Service.
In 2000, DCLS was awarded the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s prestigious National Human Rights Award for Community Service.
Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is one of 200 community legal centres (CLCs) around Australia. These centres are set up to provide legal services to disadvantaged people, deliver community legal education, and undertake law reform projects. Focusing on ‘justice’ rather than ‘the law’, DCLS relies on the support of the community, and the participation of skilled volunteers. DCLS aims to be a fearless, independent advocate towards resolving issues of injustice and disadvantage.