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Need legal advice on Queensland environmental law? EDO Qld offers free legal advice and acts for individuals, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest.

We offer a telephone advice service once a week

 

Do you have a legal question or need advice? If our Factsheets or Community Litigants Handbook can't help you, you may be eligible for free advice from one of our experienced solicitors and volunteers via our weekly telephone line. 

 

Advice guidelines

Due to our limited resources, we cannot assist every group or individual who seeks our help. Before making a request for legal assistance, please consider the following:

  • Is the matter concerned with environmental protection?
  • Is the matter in the public interest?
  • In determining this, the EDO Qld needs to be satisfied that the issue has significance beyond the material or financial interests of a particular individual or group.
  • Is private legal assistance beyond the means of the applicant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, we may be able to offer you legal advice.

     

Meet the guidelines?

Download and complete an intake sheet and return to us via one of the options listed below. Once we have accepted your application, you will be added to the waiting list for assistance.

Download the intake sheet

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Email to: edoqld@edoqld.org.au
Mail: 8/205 Montague Rd. 
WEST END Qld 4101 

 

Our casework guidelines

The following criteria are used to assist EDO Qld staff in determining an appropriate level of assistance to be provided to clients both as part of the general casework of EDO Qld and for cases identified as suitable vehicles for strategic legal development.

Among the issues to be considered when deciding to take on a case are:

  • The precedent value of the case
  • The capacity and commitment of the client
  • The likelihood of irreversible high impact on environmental values
  • The prospects of success
  • Will the action promote or guarantee preservation, conservation or integrity of species and ecosystems or habitats?
  • Is the matter the subject of considerable public debate or concern?
  • Number of people affected by these issues
  • Failure of authorities to enforce the law
  • Complexity of the case
  • Availability of expert evidence/assistance
  • Does EDO Qld have the capacity to run the case and continue to carry on other business?

 

Time limits for damages

To safeguard your private rights to sue for damages to persons or property we strongly advise that you consult a private lawyer specialising in those areas right away as there are strict time limits for commencing such actions.

The time limits are generally 6 years after damage to property and 3 years after personal injury, however, there are other laws that make the limitation periods shorter in some cases. If you do not commence action within the time limits your right of action may be permanently lost.

Law Right, (formerly QPILCH), has a range of services providing free assistance in civil law matters. If you have suffered a personal injury because of someone else’s actions, Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private solicitor for advice or representation.