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Community Law Delivers Lower Legal Fees

Published: Thu 6 Sep 2012 02:20 PM
Community Law Delivers Lower Legal Fees through Limited License Guide
Without having to pay high legal fees drivers can now apply for a Limited License themselves thanks to a new version of the guide released by Community Law. Drivers who have been disqualified from driving, either because of excess demerit points or because of a driving conviction, can use this guide to apply for a Limited License.
There is a hidden cost to the community when drivers lose their licenses. While they are being appropriately penalised for breaking traffic laws, their families or employers may be suffering because the person they rely on is now without a car.
The law recognises this by enabling drivers to apply for a Limited License, a license which lets them drive for work, for example, or to help their family member meet important medical appointments.
The problem for many families, however, is that they can’t afford to pay the legal fees to make the application. Applying for a Limited License can cost more than $1,000 in legal fees. While a lawyer no doubt makes the application process easier (and clients won’t have to stand up in court to explain themselves), those who can’t afford a lawyer go without.
Community Law is known for making the legal system more accessible and more affordable for every day New Zealanders. Now Community Law has delivered a much lower cost option through their Limited Licence Guide.
USING THE COMMUNITY LAW LIBRARY
To access the guide, visit www.communitylaw.org.nz Type in “limited” or “license” or “traffic” into the Community Law Library (the red Whare on the home page), and choose the blue Limited License kete.
The “Applying for Limited License” guide is inside the kete, as well as template documents (template Court Applications, affidavits, Court Orders and support letters) which will help people to file their own application for a Limited License.
Community Law encourages anyone who is facing legal problems to seek help from their local Community Law Centre, which they can find by visiting this website: www.communitylaw.org.nz
For more about Community Law see www.communitylaw.org.nz

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