THE LEGAL AID CLINIC


Director:
V.L.A. de la Hunt BA LLB LLM Cape Town Attorney of the High Court (on sabbatical leave in 2001)
Attorneys:
L. Oliphant BSc LLB Cape Town Attorney of the High Court
L. Goosen BA LLB Cape Town Attorney of the High Court
V. Groenewald BProc LLB Western Cape Attorney of the High Court
Administrative Assistant:
Mrs P. Norris

The Legal Aid Clinic is situated on Level Four of the Wilfred and Jules Kramer Law Building on UCT's Middle Campus. Satellite clinics are held in Kensington, Elsies River, Langa, Athlone, Woodstock and Steenberg. Fifty law students help to provide free legal assistance to indigent people.

The clinic is run by a Director, who is a practising attorney, assisted by a student committee. Clinical professional staff, Law Faculty staff and members of the legal profession in Cape Town give advice and assist where necessary.

The clinic has three specialist projects:

  1. A Refugee Clinic was started in July 1998. Students advise and assist refugees and asylum seekers with legal problems, particularly relating to their status. The Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees funds this project.
  2. The Back-Up Legal Services Project, which is funded by the Association of University Legal Aid Institutions Trust, promotes the link between the Legal Aid Clinic and community-based advice offices, which refer cases to the clinic.
  3. The Legal Aid Clinic represents children who are the subject of Children's Court inquiries and who appear accused in Juvenile Court. The clinic is rundraising for the establishment of a Child Advocacy Clinic.

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Updated: 23 May 2001 / evr