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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.

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 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal assistance

Find lawyer when in custody

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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 (External link)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:

  1. Contact Victoria Legal Aid (External link), the main provider 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 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:

    Private legal representation

    Visit the Law Institute of Victoria (External link) for information and contact details for private legal representation services. 

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