Northern Community Legal Centre helps extremely disadvantaged clients who are mentally ill, homeless or addicted to drugs or alcohol to pursue the cancellation or reduction of their unpaid fines by using the special circumstances provisions of the Infringements Act 2006. Northern Community Legal Centre can also help victims of family violence struggling with unpaid fines.

Northern Community Legal Centre operates a special circumstances fines clinic on a weekly basis.  Students assist the staff lawyers in all aspects of legal file work, including taking instructions, giving advice, record-keeping, correspondence, obtaining expert reports and drafting and submitting legal forms.  Students receive training and supervision from staff lawyers and learn fundamental legal skills while helping some of our most disadvantaged clients.