Community Law Otago

Free legal help


We provide free legal information, assistance, representation and education to the people of Otago.
We are based in Dunedin Otago Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Free legal advice is available by appointment by either face to face interview at our Dunedin office – or at one of our outreach clinics around Otago.

Telephone 03 474 1922 or email to make contact. You may not be able to speak to someone immediately, but please leave a message and we will contact you as soon as we are able.

Our appointment times for March- November are:
BETWEEN 11am and 12.30pm Monday Tuesday Thursday  Friday.
AND BETWEEN 5.30pm and 7.00pm Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Telephone advice calls are returned within normal office hours.
Please telephone or email for further details.

If you have made an appointment you can no longer attend, please let us know so we can reschedule your appointment and give your appointment to someone else.

Telephone 03 4741922 /0800 169 333
– Go to the ‘Contact’ page – please include your name  telephone number and address when you email us.

Or please Email:  and include your name address and telephone number.

Information about our legal services is below:

We provide community legal services to meet unmet legal needs, which means those areas of law that lawyers do not work within, or for people who cannot afford to access traditional legal services..

CLO provides you with initial legal information and advice. In special circumstances, we may take you on as an ongoing client, and work with you to resolve your issue.
We operate outreach clinics around Otago by appointment, staffed by qualified and experienced lawyers.

We are also committed to informing and educating our community about legal rights and responsibilities. To do this, we produce a range of plain-English legal publications and provide legal education on different topics and in different formats.

For free legal advice please contact us as follows:
Telephone: (03) 474 1922 / 0800 169 333 and leave a message with your name telephone number and address
Website: contact through our ‘Contact’ page
Email:   please remember to include your name, address and telephone number

Our Mission:

To provide a community legal service to meet unmet legal needs, including the provision of legal advice and the production of legal information resource material.

To inform and educate the community about their legal rights and obligations and the legal system.

To work within the articles of the Treaty of Waitangi and develop a partnership response with Tangata Whenua on the provision of legal services.

To initiate and work for appropriate law reform to assist individuals and groups in the community.

To aid and assist the development of the community law centre movement.