Bristol Family Law Advice Scheme
The Bristol Family Law Scheme operates on Thursdays, every fortnight.
A volunteer lawyer meets clients from 10 am to 4pm at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre.
The scheme is administered by the Personal Support Unit (see details below) who let the volunteers know the names of those attending in advance so that any necessary conflict checks can be carried out. The advice is currently limited to private children law proceedings only.
Volunteers are asked to complete a short form setting out the main issues the client wishes to discuss, so we can track the impact of the scheme.
It is clear that those seeking advice are dealing with some serious issues and the assistance of the volunteers is thus valuable and greatly appreciated. If anyone is interested in joining the rota please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We ask for just one day of your time a year to keep the scheme running.
PSU volunteers provide practical and emotional support to people going through court proceedings without legal representation. Many of these people are in danger of losing their homes, children or livelihoods. Our volunteers are there to make sure they do not face this on their own.
We do not offer legal advice; instead volunteers help by listening to clients’ issues, organising their paperwork, helping them fill out forms and accompanying them into court hearings.
We are based in the Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre and are open from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Clients can drop in or book in advance, contact us on 0117 366 4809.