Northside Community Law Centre (NCLC) is an independent, community-based law centre. Operating since 1975, the NCLC was the first Community Law Centre in the Republic of Ireland. NCLC is not part of the State Civil Legal Aid Scheme.
NCLC provides free information, advice, and in some cases representation, to individuals and groups in its community, who otherwise would not be able to gain access to legal services. NCLC works to empower the community through education and research; it campaigns for law reform, and provides mediation services through Mediation Northside, to various groups and individuals in Dublin, and throughout Ireland.
NCLC does not impose a means test on its clients, but specifies that it is for those living within the catchment area, who would not otherwise be able to avail of legal services, due to financial, social, educational or psychological disadvantage.
Organisation and Governance
The Northside Community Law Centre is a company limited by guarantee, and is a registered charity. The Law Centre is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected from its members.