Law Centres’ update

Another update on the sterling work of law centres across the United Kingdom.

Mike Dailly, of Govan Law Centre chaired the new access to justice committee of the Law Society of Scotland, which met for the first time last Thursday.

The Law Wise Law Clinic is being established by Renfrewshire Law Centre and the University of the West of Scotland, both based in Paisley, Scotland.  The Law Wise Law Clinic is due to commence in September 2010 and the official launch date is 15 October 2010.  It appears to be a free legal advice clinic staffed by trained and supervised law student volunteers.

The Children’s Law Centre in Northern Ireland has won a judicial review of tremendous significance to disabled children and their carers.

The judge heard evidence that the case brought was only one example of a systematic failure by the Western Health Trust to conduct assessments in its area.  He commended the Children’s Law Centre for bringing together a “comprehensive and compelling picture of the scope and intensity of difficulties in this field”.

The High Court found that the duty on the trust included a duty to provide a range and level of personal social services to the children in need within its area and to the families and carers of those children in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and the upbringing of those children by their families.

Meanwhile, the concerning news reaches us that South Manchester Law Centre – which offers advice on issues such as asylum, immigration and employment – may have to close its doors after its funding was cut by more than £40,000 a month.

Manchester City Council said a new Manchester Community Legal Advice Service would open on 14 October, at a cost of £9 million over three years.

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