From the CLO Annual Report 2018:
With the expiry of a fixed term contract with the Ministry of Justice looming, a review of law centres was commissioned this past year to assist with the making of a business case to justify ongoing commitment to funding post 2020.
One outcome of the review that was especially heartening was the positive support expressed by users and community of law centres and their work, and their understanding of the difficulties in resourcing and capabilities law centres were facing.
The continuing arrangements with the major New Zealand banks to donate to Centres some of the interest they collect from lawyers’ Trust Accounts, assisted with creating a buffer against uncertainty, and the ‘top up’ received by the government in the May 2018 Budget enabled an immediate expansion in rural services, which had languished due to funding constraints and resources.
Our core group of volunteer lawyers and students are central to the operations of Community Law Otago, providing practical legal advice to the members of the public who seek our services.
Their input is invaluable, and without them, the Law Centre’s capacity for client contact in the community would be severely diminished.
Collaboration and relationships within the Otago community is of paramount importance, and we thank those in the Law Faculty and the community – funders, advisers, pro bono contributors and community groups for their support in helping Community
Law Otago continue to do the work that it does.
The loss of our beloved Treasurer of 15 years, Aran Bailey, was a shock to Community Law Otago, and his invaluable input of advice, availability and humour over so many years is sadly missed. Thank you to Barry Allan for picking up the temporary role of Treasurer for the remainder of the year.
Thank you to the staff for their unstinting commitment to Community Law Otago’s Kaupapa, and the constant reflection of practice and systems to enhance the organisation’s reach into community to those in need of legal assistance.