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 – Floor 1 169 Princes Street.

During COVID Delta Level 2 –
We are available by telephone 03 474 1922 or by email to make a limited number of appointments which we schedule

BETWEEN 11am and 1pm Monday Tuesday Thursday  Friday.
Please telephone or email for further details.

If you are unwell, please stay home.  We will be following Level 2 guidelines, so scanning and masks sanitising and distancing are required when attending an appointment.

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

To make an appointment 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:– 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.