The Auckland Community Law Centre gives FREE legal advice to Aucklanders who can’t afford it.
We are the Auckland Community Law Centre. We exist to provide access to justice in the Auckland community. We used to be called the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office. Our services are designed to empower people to resolve their own legal issues. We mostly do this over the phone with information, advice, assistance and self-help resources.
You might also be able to meet one of our lawyers at a legal clinic. We run legal clinics in Avondale, Glen Innes, Glenfield, Ōrākei, Sylvia Park, and Wesley. We also run an evening clinic, a specialist family law clinic, and a specialist immigration clinic at our Auckland Central office.
If an Aucklander is facing a truly life changing legal situation, we can sometimes do more than just give advice. We might be able to send a letter on your behalf, go to a meeting with you, represent you at a mediation, or even go to Court for you. However, we can only do this if we have enough resources, and usually only for truly serious, life changing issues.
We also provide legal education to the Auckland community, particularly through seminars and information sessions.
For a printable summary of what we do, you can download our pamphlet here.
There are also community law centres based in South Auckland, Mangere, and Waitemata. There are 27 community law centres throughout New Zealand, including centres that specialise in youth (Youthlaw), disability (Disabiilty Law), and Māori Land (Ngai Tahu). If you are outside our coverage area, we might need to put you in touch with another community law centre.
We provide our services subject to our Standard Terms of Engagement.
We are funded to assist people who are on low incomes.
If you do not meet our eligibility criteria, please understand that we may not be able to assist you because we have to prioritise our limited resources to those who on very low incomes. We exist to give free legal advice to Aucklanders who are struggling to make ends meet.