Get Help Before Court for criminal charges

Get Help Before Court for criminal charges

What is Help Before Court?

If your court date is more than six days away, you may qualify for legal advice from a lawyer to help you prepare for court. 

Our Help Before Court service is offered for criminal charges in the Magistrates’ Court or Children’s Court. We can only provide legal advice to those that need it most. This depends on your income and legal matter.

It’s free to request Help Before Court. If your court date is more than six days away, fill out a few simple details using our online tool.

If we cannot provide legal advice, you can still access our online information about going to court for a criminal charge.

What happens when I ask for Help Before Court?

A legal assistant will call you to ask you a few questions about your income and legal problem to see how we can help you. We will also request your brief of evidence from Victoria Police or from Corrections Victoria.

If you are eligible to get legal advice, a legal assistant will make an appointment for you to speak with a lawyer about your case before your court date. The lawyer will give you legal advice about your case. Depending on your situation, they may also prepare your case for court and represent you in court.

If you aren’t eligible to get legal advice, a legal assistant will give you general information and resources to help you represent yourself.

Can I get help in my own language?

If you don’t speak or understand English well, you can speak to someone in your own language.

If you have completed the Help Before Court online tool and want an interpreter, tell us when we call. We will arrange an interpreter for free.

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