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Got a legal problem? Maybe we can help. We’re lawyers and we’re also community workers. We listen carefully, we’re whānau friendly, and we help you find solutions you feel comfortable with. We’re passionate about making sure that everyone in Aotearoa, no matter how little money you have, has access to justice and enjoys real equality.
Community Law is all around the country, from Kaitāia to Rēkohu (the Chathams). We offer all sorts of free legal help, from easy-to-read information, to community workshops, to one-on-one legal help.
Buy a copy of our practical legal guide, the Community Law Manual
Book a legal education workshop at your local Community Law Centre
Our online resources and community workshops are for all New Zealanders. However, we aim to give free one-on-one legal help to people who don’t have much money – for example, if you’re on a benefit or have a low income. We also aim to help vulnerable people – for example, if you’re struggling with housing or living with violence.
Community Law helps with all kinds of legal problems, from employment, family and housing issues to criminal matters, human rights and Māori land. In general, we don’t help with issues about your property or business.
Check out Frequently Asked Questions and Answers related to COVID-19 on our website here
Most Community Law Centres have returned to their normal face-to-face free legal services during Level 1. Find the contact details of your nearest Community Law Centre here
You will also find out useful information on our Community Law Manual Facebook page.