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Legal help

VIctoria Legal Aid and Fitzroy Legal Service are the main providers the duty lawyer service at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.  

Organising legal help on the day of your hearing

If you don't have a lawyer on the day of your hearing, arrive at 9am and our Registrars will organise a duty lawyer to assess your needs as soon as possible.

After hours legal clinics 

Bookings is all clinics essential. Contact FLS (External link).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Assistance

Finding lawyer when in custody

Grant of Legal Assistance

If you have a legal problem and cannot afford a lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) maybe able to pay for a lawyer to help you. This is called a ‘grant of legal assistance’.

VLA guidelines set out the rules about when it will give a grant of legal assistance, and you can only get a grant of legal assistance if your legal problem and your financial circumstances meet VLA's guidelines.  

To find out if you meet the guidelines visit VLA (External link)

Find a private lawyer

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Pro Bono (free) services

There are a number of ways for people experiencing hardship and social disadvantage to get pro bono (free) legal services.  Here are options and steps to take

  1. Contact Victoria Legal Aid, the main source of government-funded legal assistance.
  2. If VLA can't help, contact the Federation of Community Legal Centres (External link).  Community Legal Centres provide legal advice to people who are unable to obtain assistance from VLA (either because VLA does not offer legal assistance for something the person needs, or because the person does not qualify for VLA assistance).
  3. If a Community Legal Centre can't help, contact Justice Connect (External link) to find a private law firms that provides pro bono services.  

Further option:

  • The VicBar Pro Bono Scheme (External link) provides free legal assistance to people who require a barrister and cannot afford to pay full fees, unable to obtain legal assistance from other sources, have been refused legal aid or no decision has been made in relation to the application.  

Legal resources 

There are many ways to get free legal information for non-lawyers to use, whether they opt to self-represent or talk to a lawyer.   

  • Everyday Law (External link) –  Provides  easy-to-understand legal information on legal topics including family law, wills, estates and powers of attorney, housing and neighbours, credit and debt, traffic issues, crime and fines. And includes information about legal costs, mediation, representing yourself and preparing for court.  
  • The Law Handbook (VIC) Online (External link) – extensive guide to all community law matters in Victoria, featuring legislation and case indexes that are cross-referenced with the latest law changes and updates.
  • Victoria Law Foundation (External link) – a not-for-profit website which produces a range of publications to help Victorians understand the law and their legal system.
  • Not-for-profit Law (External link) – an information hub produced by Justice Connect that contains resources for not-for-profit organisations. For example, a guide to auspicing, guides to tax exemptions and other key governance issues.

Legal document templates

Some law firms offer legal document templates you can buy online. Always check the terms and conditions of sale to ensure there’s no further obligation to the firm.