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Baywide Community Law Service (BWCL) has been offering free legal advice in the Bay of Plenty since July 2005.

frequently asked questions

Do I have to declare my financial position and employment status?

Yes, to comply with our Ministry of Justice contract, Baywide has to limit the free service to those members of the community who cannot otherwise afford legal help.

I live in a rural area. How do I make sure I get face to face legal advice if I need it?

See our list of outreach clinics here.

I’m a young person. Can I use Baywide?

Yes. Baywide will involve parents only if the law requires them to or if the young person agrees. Baywide also works closely with “Youthlaw” which is a national community law service for young people.

How can I support Baywide’s work?

Baywide is a community based organisation offering free legal services. Please tell your friends and family about our service. We need our community’s support.

Do I need to pay anything for attending Baywide?

The service is free but you may be requested to contribute towards disbursements (expenses) incurred on your behalf. Donations/koha are gratefully accepted and are used for special projects such as purchasing of additional equipment and legal resources. Receipts are issued for all donations received.

What if I’ve already seen a lawyer?

If you have already consulted with a lawyer, or someone else has seen you about the same issue, we are unable to help you.