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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Attorney-General officially opens new Southport Legal Aid office

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, August 03, 2017

    Attorney-General officially opens new Southport Legal Aid office

    Gold Coast residents will have better access to Legal Aid services thanks to a new office that has been officially opened today at Southport.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath officially opened Legal Aid Queensland’s new and larger Southport office today with the newly-appointed Chair of the Legal Aid Board anf former Court of Appeal President, the Honorable Margaret McMurdo.

    The new office, located on Bay Street, has improved conditions for staff and clients, including seven interview rooms, two conference rooms, meeting rooms and well-designed work spaces.

    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 plays a vital role in our justice system and their regional offices, like the new facility in Southport, play an important role in delivering those services to people around our state.”

    Legal Aid Queensland acting CEO Paul Davey said the new facility would help meet the needs of Legal Aid’s largest and busiest regional office now and into the future.

    “The new accommodation provides two floors – 884 square metres – of modern and functional office space, which will benefit both staff and clients,” Mr Davey said.

    “The office is conveniently located close to the Southport Courthouse and other amenities, and allows room for modest expansion in this busy and growing region.”

    Legal Aid Queensland has 14 offices located across Queensland, of which Southport is the largest and busiest outside of Brisbane.

    “We know that the Gold Coast region has a lot of demand when it comes to domestic and family violence, with the Southport Magistrates Court being one of the busiest 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.”

     

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