Street Law Centre

Street Law is a free outreach legal service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Western Australia.

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Street Law Centre WA Inc
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CLOSE THE GAP:

We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain over-represented in our criminal justice system

The ongoing impact of legal issues impact directly on health and mental health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are estimated to represent around 29% of the homeless population in WA, directly impacting their health and legal outcomes.
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This week we said goodbye to two of our amazing secondees, Jordan and Patrick.

Both Jordan and Patrick have been crucial in providing much needed legal assistance to those in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Jordan has worked with us at Street Law on Tuesdays over the last six months through our pro-bono partner Ashurst. She became a familiar face to those at our outreach legal clinic at St Patrick's Community Support Centre in Fremantle. Jordan's wealth of knowledge and work across a range of legal areas has resulted in untold benefits for our clients, and her positive attitude brightened our office every week!

Patrick, from another of our pro-bono partners King & Wood Mallesons, was a key player in our outreach legal clinic at Ruah. Patrick’s work over the past ten weeks has resulted in positive outcomes for many of our clients, and his input to criminal law issues was absolutely invaluable. We will all miss your references to obscure parts of legislation, which often resulted in great discussion with those at the office!

A massive thank you to our pro-bono partners Ashurst and King & Wood Mallesons - and of course to Patrick and Jordan. You will both be missed and we hope to see your faces around again soon!
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Today is World Consumer Protection Day. We thought we'd share with you a story about someone we've helped in this area.

One of our clients, Jason* had been admitted to Graylands, and suffers with schizophrenia. Once his symptoms stabilised, he was transferred to an open ward which allowed day release. While on day release, Jason entered into a contract for an iPad.

Later, Jason was discharged and was living in crisis accommodation. He continued to be locked into payments for the iPad, but could not afford it and wanted to end the contract. He hadn't ever even used or opened the iPad.

We helped Jason by assisting him to get a copy of the contract and request medical evidence outlining his capacity at the time he entered into the contract. We then submitted this to the service provider, requesting Jason be reimbursed what he had paid, not have to pay any termination fees.

After advocating for Jason, the service provider agreed that in exchange for the iPad, he would be fully reimbursed and all other fees were waived.

Often our clients will experience consumer issues along with a number of other issues. Getting some relief in this area allows them to focus their money and efforts into other key areas, and has significant impact on each individual we assist.
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