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.
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.