CLM Northside, previously known as Coolock Community Law Centre and then Northside Community Law Centre, was established in 1975 and was the first community law centre set up in the Republic of Ireland. A Community Law Centre is a non-profit organisation, which works to reduce and remove barriers to the law, on the basis that all people should be able to access basic legal information and advice, regardless of their income and background.
CLM Northside provides free legal advice on all areas of law through weekly Thursday evening advice clinics which operate on a drop in basis as well as specialised appointment based clinics. These clinics cater for individuals residing in the catchment area of the electoral constituencies of Dublin North Central and Dublin North East who are unable to afford the services of a private solicitor. CLM Northside also provides legal representation and advocacy, including Court and Tribunal Representation, in areas of law not covered by the State funded Civil Legal Aid Scheme i.e. social welfare, employment, equality, housing, debt and community care.
The Law Centre also feeds into the other services provided by Community Law & Mediation including free mediation and conflict coaching, community education, law reform work and resources such as ‘Casebase’ a social welfare decision database and the Irish Community Development Law Journal.
You can contact the Law Centre on 01 8477804 or e-mail Northside@communitylawandmediation.ie Further information can be found at www.communitylawandmediation.ie