Legal advice & casework
Residents in Melbourne’s east can seek assistance from ECLC for a range of legal matters, as determined by the Centre’s Legal Advice and Casework Guidelines.
ECLC offers legal advice on matters such as:
- Family Law
- Family Violence matters (IVO)
- Criminal Law (summary or simple matters only)
- Traffic fines
- Estate/Probate Matters
- Crimes Compensation (Victims of Crime)
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – property damage
- Neighbourhood Disputes
- Children’s Court (only if a conflict with Victoria Legal Aid)
- Discrimination (not work related)
If ECLC is unable to assist you with your legal matter, staff can provide a referral to another service.
In addition to legal advice and referrals, ECLC provides limited ongoing casework for clients.
Generally, ongoing casework is provided to people who need it the most, including but not limited to:
- Centrelink recipients or low income earners
- Those with difficulty in understanding or coping with the legal process
- Those who have other compelling circumstances such as associated mental problems or dire financial situations
- Those who present issues that have a public interest component
ECLC has strict guidelines regarding the types of matters taken on as casework.