History

Wellington Community Law Centre was established as an incorporated society in 1981. From the beginning, the law centre adopted a different structure and belief system to that of traditional law firms. We believe we must involve our community in the way we run. We also believe in getting away from the hierarchy that has been and still is inherent in the legal system and profession.

In July 2012, the Wellington Community Law Centre and the Hutt Valley Community Law Centre became one organisation: Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. This means that whether you live in Wellington or the Hutt, you can expect the same level of service and the same kinds of legal services.

Our objectives are:

  • To provide a community legal service to meet unmet legal needs, including the provision of legal advice and the production of legal rights resource material
  • To inform and educate the community about their legal rights and obligations and the legal system
  • To promote the honouring 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.