A new online legal resource intended to increase access to free legal advice and better inform disadvantaged communities was launched tonight by the Attorney-General, Rob Hulls. "The Law Handbook Online includes 678 web-based pages of legal information available free of charge to the general public at any local library across Victoria," Mr Hulls said.
(Media-Newswire.com) - A new online legal resource intended to increase access to free legal advice and better inform disadvantaged communities was launched tonight by the Attorney-General, Rob Hulls.
“The Law Handbook Online includes 678 web-based pages of legal information available free of charge to the general public at any local library across Victoria,” Mr Hulls said.
“School and university students can also access the Law Handbook Online through their respective libraries.”
The online handbook covers more than 25 areas of law, including family law, children’s legal issues, debts and bankruptcy, neighbour disputes, employment disputes, discrimination, bail, criminal law issues, accidents, injuries, wills and estates.
It was developed by the Fitzroy Legal Service through a $30,000 grant from the Victoria Law Foundation and with the assistance of the Centre for Electronic Commerce and Communication at the University of Ballarat.
“As an online version of the Fitzroy Legal Service Law Handbook, which was first published in 1977, more people than ever will be able to access legal information written in plain language for all to understand,” Mr Hulls said
“This valuable new resource reinforces the commitment of the Fitzroy Legal Service and community legal centres generally to provide relevant, accessible legal information for disadvantaged communities and individuals.”
Mr Hulls said the Government was committed to improving access to legal advice, assistance and information services.
“This online handbook is consistent with commitments in the Bracks Government’s 2004 Justice Statement to explore the development of new initiatives and models to make more legal information readily available to the community,” he said.
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