About legal services
VIctoria Legal Aid and Fitzroy Legal Service are the main providers the duty lawyer service at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.
Duty lawyers are lawyers who are on ‘duty’ at courts and tribunals across Victoria to help people who do not have their own lawyer.
Duty Lawyer assistance is free, however they do not represent everyone. Contact the following duty lawyer service providers for information and assistance.
- Victoria Legal Aid : 1300 792 387. (Mon to Fri: 8:45am to 5:15pm)
- Fitzroy Legal Service : 9419 3744 (or toll free 1800 064 865)
Legal help on the day of your hearing
If you don't have a lawyer on the day of your hearing, arrive at the NJC's court at 9am. A duty laywer will assess your needs and options as soon as possible.
After hours legal clinics
- Fitzroy Legal Service runs a free legal advice clinic . Bookings are essential.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal assistance
- Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service : (03) 9418 5999 ( toll free 1800 064 865)
Find lawyer when in custody
- Police stations provide people in custody with contact details for legal assistance
- Fitzroy Legal Service : call 0413 403 953 to speak to a criminal lawyer.
Grant of Legal Assistance
If you have a legal problem and cannot afford a lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may be able to pay for a lawyer to help you. This is called a ‘grant of legal assistance’.
Contact VLA directly to find out if you quality for a grant of legal assistance.
Pro Bono (free) services
People experiencing hardship and social disadvantage can receive pro bono (free) legal services. Here are options and steps to take:
- Contact Victoria Legal Aid , the main provider of government-funded legal assistance.
- If VLA can't help, contact the Federation of Community Legal Centres . 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 assistance.
- If a Community Legal Centre can't help, contact Justice Connect to find a private law firms that provides pro bono services.
- Contact the VicBar Pro Bono Scheme for information and eligibility criteria for free legal representation services.
Private legal representation
Visit the Law Institute of Victoria for information and contact details for private legal representation services.
- Everyday Law . Easy-to-understand information on a broad range of topics including information about legal costs, mediation, representing yourself, and preparing for court.
- The Law Handbook (VIC) Online . Extensive guide to all community law matters in Victoria, featuring legislation and updates on the latest law changes.
- Victoria Law Foundation . Information to help Victorians understand the law and legal system.