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 who need it most. This depends on your income and legal matter.
What happens when I ask for Help Before Court?
If you are eligible for Help Before Court, 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 and represent you in court.
If you aren’t eligible, a legal assistant will give you general information and resources to help you represent yourself.
Can I get help in my language?
Our staff speak many languages. If we do not speak your language, we can arrange an interpreter for free.
Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.
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Reviewed 09 March 2022