You should seek legal advice before coming to court.
You may also be eligible for assistance from community legal centres or government-funded services.
How to get legal help
Registrars cannot provide legal advice, recommend a lawyer or give an indication about the potential outcome of your matter. See The Court Registry for information about what a registrar can and cannot do.
The information below provides a general overview about where you can find legal help. The listing of organisations below is not an endorsement of their product or service.
Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) provides free legal information, education and advice for children and people with low incomes and / or experiencing disadvantage. However, they do not give legal advice on all matters. Find out if you are eligible for VLA.
Lawstuff is a community legal service that is dedicated to helping children and young people in Australia and their supporters to find a legal solution to their problems.
Previously named the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and known as Lawstuff, they are Australia’s only national, technology-based community legal service.
Youth Law Australia provide free and confidential legal advice, assistance and referrals to young people and their advocates. Anyone under 25 (and their advocate) can request and receive free and confidential legal advice through their innovative online service that is available 24/7.
The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) offers an online and telephone legal referral service. All law firms in the legal referral service give a free 30-minute enquiry interview. This can help you determine the nature of the legal issue, available options and estimated costs to proceed.
See the LIV website for more information about the referral service.
Victoria Law Foundation
The Victoria Law Foundation (VLF) is a not-for-profit, statutory body that focuses on helping Victorians understand the law and their legal system.