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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 825..

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Youth Legal Referral Service

(Question No 488)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on 13 March 2003:

In relation to the Youth Legal Service:

(1) How many requests for assistance has the Youth Legal Referral Service received in its first month of operation?

(2) In what percentage of requests has the service been able to (a) assist, (b) not assist, (c) cases are still in progress?

(3) Can the Minister provide any details about what are the five most talked about issues of youth who use the service?

(4) What were the running costs of the service in the first month?

(5) How many staff are employed to work at the service?

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In its first month of operation, the Youth Legal Referral Service received 17 requests for assistance.

(2) The service was able to assist in 100% of those cases.

(3) The five most talked about issue of youth who use the service are:

traffic issues including fines and insurance;

employment issues including contracts and harassment issues;

domestic relationship issues involving parents, siblings and own children;

housing and tenancy issues; and

socials security issues.

(4) In its first month Legal Aid spent $1800 on rent and other overheads and $1200 on solicitor time. Clayton Utz solicitors' costs are being absorbed by the firm and the law students work is voluntary.

(5) The service uses four ANU law students and a solicitor from Clayton Utz and Legal Aid every day.

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