Going to court

Get advice before
you go to court

It is best to get legal advice before you go to court. Anyone can get free legal advice by calling 1300 366 611 or by visiting their nearest clinic.

Do you need a lawyer to represent you?

If you need a lawyer to represent you in court, come in to your nearest clinic to either make an application for legal aid or ask for a referral for a private lawyer.

 

Magistrates Court

Who can help at court?

At the Magistrates Court the duty lawyer can help you with information about what happens in court and what you have been charged with.

Have you received a summons?

If you have been served with a summons the duty lawyer can help you understand what it means. If you are eligible for a grant of legal aid the duty lawyer may be able to appear for you.

Are you in custody?

The duty lawyer will appear for you if you have been arrested and wish to apply for bail.

How do you find the duty lawyer?

At the court, look for the duty lawyer signs or ask a member of the court staff to put you in contact with the duty lawyer.

How much does the duty lawyer cost?

This service is free.

Ask to speak to the duty lawyer

Family Court

Who can help at court?

At the Family Court, anyone can ask the duty lawyer for information about what happens in court and how to prepare for court. The duty lawyer can give free advice and may in limited circumstances provide assistance with preparing documents.

If there is dispute about children or property, please ask to speak to the duty lawyer.

When is the duty lawyer at the Family Court?

The duty lawyer is available for advice and may provide limited representation on all duty list days.

Hobart

The Hobart Duty Lawyer will be available from 1pm until 3pm every Monday (except public holidays) and from 9:30am until 1pm and from 1pm until 2pm every Wednesday.

Launceston

The Launceston Duty Lawyer will be available from 9.30am until 12 noon and from 1pm until 4pm every Monday (except public holidays).

Devonport

The Devonport Duty Lawyer will be available from 9.15am on Divorce List days.

Burnie

The Burnie Duty Lawyer will be available from 9.30am on Duty List days.

How do you find the duty lawyer?

At the court, look for the duty lawyer signs or ask a member of the court staff to put you in contact with the duty lawyer.

How much does the duty lawyer cost?

This service is free.

Help with divorce applications

Applications for divorce are now completed online at the Federal Circuit Court website: How do I apply for a divorce.

In both Hobart and Launceston we are able to offer assistance with understanding how to complete your online divorce application at our Monday sessions between 1pm and 2pm.

Last updated: 12/05/2017