The Neighbourhood Justice Centre acknowledges the traditional land of the Wurundjeri People and respects Wurundjeri Elders past and present.
Artwork: Child’s Wonder by Amanda Wright
About Aboriginal Hearing Day
The Neighbourhood Justice Centre’s court dedicates the 4th Thursday of every month to hear matters involving Aboriginal clients.
Services on the day are specifically for the community.
There is no obligation to have your matter heard on this day. You can talk to your lawyer about whether to have your matter heard on this day or listed as part of the general list.
When to arrive
On the day of your hearing arrive at 9.00am and check in with Registry on the 1st floor.
It’s important that you attend your hearing.
Failure to attend may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, or your matter may be heard and determined without you.
If you cannot attend your hearing call Registry as a matter of urgency on (03) 9948 8600
Our Koori Justice Worker is on hand to support people attending court on the day, including family and friends of someone attending court.
- Referrals to the services you need
- Ongoing case management
- Help to sort though issues
- Support if you’re on a community corrections order
- Emotional support
You’ll also find a wide range of onsite services, which our Koori Justice Worker will put you in touch with.
Duty lawyers are lawyers who are on ‘duty’ at courts and tribunals across Victoria to help people who do not have their own lawyer.
If you don’t have a lawyer on the day of your hearing, a duty lawyer will discuss your needs and work out what is best for you.
You can also get legal assistance by contacting the following services:
- Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (External link) Free Call 1800 064 865
- Victoria Legal Aid (External link) 1300 792 387
- Fitzroy Legal Service (External link) 9419 3744.