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Legal assistance boost during COVID-19 welcomed

Legal assistance boost during COVID-19 welcomed

By LIV Media

COVID-19 

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Increased funding to front line legal services by the Victorian and Federal Governments will provide greater support to people with legal problems during the current COVID-19 crisis, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.
 
LIV President Sam Pandya said legal services were reporting increased demand across a range of issues, which was complicated by the difficulty of accessing a lawyer during the current crisis.
 
“People need increased legal advice and support during this crisis, so additional funding by governments to fund services is very welcome,” Mr Pandya said.
 
The Victorian Government has pledged $17.5 million to Victoria Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal legal services to help with legal issues including family violence, employment, debt and credit, tenancy and housing issues.
 
This follows the announcement by the Federal Government of $63.3 million nationally for the legal assistance sector, including $49.8 for front line legal services and $13.5 million for IT costs to support transition to delivering services online and virtually.
 
The Law Institute of Victoria also recently announced a $4 million relief package including a reduced $99 membership fee to support its members.
 
“The LIV has been working with the legal profession, the courts and government during this crisis to ensure that people can still access legal advice and representation during this unprecedented crisis.
 
“Lawyers have had to change the way they work to provide legal services in different ways, including on line and virtually, without compromising access to justice,” Mr Pandya said.
 

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