In August 2005, Courtyard Legal was established at the Auburn Salvation Army, offering free legal advice and assistance to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. The Courtyard Legal team realised that the people of the Greater Western suburbs of Sydney did not have proper access to legal advice from well resourced Solicitors in times of need.
In December 2010, the work of Courtyard Legal was succeeded by the new firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarian. At Salvos Legal Humanitarian we now advise many clients each week on topics including:
- Criminal Law
- Family & Childrens Law
- Welfare (Centrelink)
- Refugee & Immigration Law
In addition, Salvos Legal Humanitarian acts in some cases on a full-time basis. In this capacity, we are able to give our clients high end and well resourced legal representation so as to even the playing field in cases where there are particular instances of social injustice occurring against disadvantaged individuals.
Salvos Legal Humanitarian consists of a strong team of skilled and passionate Solicitors & Migration Agents, Law Graduates, Paralegals and Assistants.
Additionally, Salvos Legal Humanitarian has a wide panel of Barristers who from time to time offer their services free of charge, giving either representation in Court or Tribunals (with the benefit of an instructing Salvos Legal Humanitarian Solicitor), or through the provision of advice.
Almost all of the people whom Salvos Legal Humanitarian act for are on Government pensions or are from low income backgrounds and have been unable to access Legal Aid. Certainly none of these people could afford a Lawyer to act on their behalf and in most cases without one, they would very likely be unable to properly fight for their rights in Court.
Salvos Legal Humanitarian has also assisted many families from war-torn and troubled nations around the world to be reunited and to come to a peaceful new home here in Australia.
The aim of Salvos Legal Humanitarian is not only to exist as a law firm. We recognise that the clients who come to us don't only have a legal need but that there are often other complicating factors in their lives.
To this end, Salvos Legal Humanitarian exists to be able to help our clients with their legal needs and to help them engage with other Salvation Army social and pastoral services, such as drug & alcohol recovery, employment assistance, welfare, counselling, financial management and aged care.
Salvos Legal Humanitarian exists to give people a helping hand when they need it most.