Shaping a fairer future for our community through accessibility and engagement
Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged community members, Springvale Monash Legal Service contributes to a fair and just society by:
Advising on legal rights and responsibilities;
Advocating for systemic change;
Collaborating with stakeholders; &
Educating law students as future advocates
Integrity: We act with honesty, transparency, fairness and compassion to build trust
Team: We are united for the benefit of our clients, community & students – working together and supporting each other to make a difference
Respect: We recognise and embrace diversity and different perspectives
Accountability: We strive to meet the needs of our people and communities. We are responsible and take ownership for our actions
People-focused: We assist, educate & empower our clients and students to achieve the best possible outcomes
Ethical: We are guided by human rights principles and professional standards
SMLS aims to empower and support members of our community to use the law and legal system to protect and advance their rights and broaden their awareness of legal processes.
SMLS seeks to redress imbalances in access to justice through the provision of legal assistance and information, community legal education and law reform.
SMLS also aims to develop the confidence, skills and ethics of law students through clinical legal education in a community environment.
The Family Violence Program provides a duty lawyer service at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Thursdays to assist applicants for Intervention orders.
SMLS provides specialist legal services, one of which is the Civil Litigation Advocate program. The Civil Litigation Advocate provides advice and undertakes casework in many jurisdictions and where appropriate, representation to eligible clients of SMLS in civil matters.
SMLS can provide generalist assistance in the following areas: Criminal matters, Debts and fines, Discrimination, Small civil claims.