What can the Clinic do for me?
The Clinic can usually provide you with advice in relation to matters such as:
- Fencing disputes;
- Claims in negligence;
- Neighbourhood disputes;
- Contractual disputes;
- Debt recovery; and
- Minor civil claims.
The Clinic does not provide advice in:
- Family law matters;
- Criminal matters;
- Personal Injury Claims; or
- Civil disputes except minor civil claims but may be able to provide useful information and refer you to appropriate assistance.
The Clinic may also be able to assist further in some matters. The students will tell you whether we can provide you with further assistance which may include:
- Giving advice;
- Preparing documents;
- Writing letters;
- Doing legal research;
- Drafting pleadings;
- Helping with court processes; and
- Explaining court procedures.
What should I bring on the day of my first meeting with the Clinic?
It is very important to bring along all the documents you have that relate to your problem. For example:
- Court documents;
- Contracts or quotes;
- Witness statements; and
- Any other documents you might have.
Can I bring someone along to help me or provide me with some support?
Yes. You are very welcome to bring a friend, relative or partner to help you or give you some support. It is especially helpful to bring someone along if you find the experience a bit daunting. However, please make sure that you only bring along someone you really trust. This is because if they come into the meeting room with you they will be able to hear information that is confidential and might be very private.
Is the Clinic ‘confidential' like other lawyers?
Yes. Your contact with the Clinic is confidential, and so is any advice that the Clinic gives you.
What does it mean when you say that the Clinic is ‘free'?
The Clinic is free because there is no charge or fee for the work that the students do for you. This means that any interviews you have, any advice you receive, and any legal research that the students do to provide you with legal advice is free of charge.
However, the Clinic does not pay for any expenses that you may incur as a result of undertaking or defending a dispute in Court. This means that you will have to pay your own Court costs, filing fees, and other costs that arise as a result of your dispute.
Can students from the Clinic come and represent me in Court?
No. The Clinic cannot act as your legal representative, and cannot go to Court with you or for you.