The Law Society of NSW has produced a publication entitled the 'Representation Principles for Children's Lawyers'. This publication provides guidelines for the legal representation of children and young people.
LawAccess Online is a great starting point to search for information about the law and legal issues. If you are going to court, have a legal problem or have a question about the law, LawAccess NSW can:
LawAssist is a website that can help you if you have a legal problem in NSW and are representing yourself. It explains legal procedures and forms for court and tribunal cases.
The information it provides includes:
The Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) is a specialised legal research and information centre for the public. Law librarians at the centre can help you find legal information relevant to your issue. The LIAC website provides helpful legal answers to everyday questions about the law in NSW.
LIAC also has a list of public libraries with special legal resources and staff trained to provide a legal information service. Also see
Find a law library.
Legal Aid Youth Hotline is staffed by Children's Legal Service solicitors who provide legal advice to young people under the age of 18 who have committed, or are suspected, of committing an offence. When a young person is detained by police they are entitled to speak to a legal representative and the police must assist them in doing so. A young person who is under 18 years may call for advice if they think they have or might be charged with an offence.
A young person who is detained at a police station is entitled to speak to a solicitor and may call the Legal Aid Youth Hotline before they are questioned by police.
Aboriginal Legal Service provides legal advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been charged by police during office hours.
If an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is detained at a police station the custody manager must notify the Aboriginal Legal Service that the person is being detained and must allow the person to speak to a solicitor if they wish to do so. The police have access to a dedicated ALS number which allows them to contact a solicitor on behalf of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, contact the
24-hour Child Protection Helpline run by Family and Community Services.
Kids Helpline is a free 24-hour counselling service for Australian children and young people aged 5-25 years.
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice. If you are going to court, have a legal problem or have a question about the law, LawAccess NSW can:
Lawstuff allows you to check out your legal rights. The National Children's & Youth Law Centre provides free legal information, advice and representation to children and young people in Australia, particularly to disadvantaged young people under 18 years of age.
The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre is a free legal service for homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 25 and under.
Victims of crime can call the
Victims Access Line to get information about support services available. It is run by Victims Services of the Department.
Staff at the
Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) offer a variety of legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in NSW. Police must notify the ALS whenever an Aboriginal person is taken into custody. An ALS lawyer will give the person in custody legal advice and check his or her wellbeing.
LawAccess toll free line for legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can ask to speak to an Aboriginal staff member about your legal problem. Telephone: 1300 888 529 .
Aboriginal victims of crime can call the
Victims Services confidential Aboriginal Contact Line for information and support. Telephone: 1800 019 123
For more information on the range of legal advice, information and court support services directed at Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, go to
Court support for Aboriginal people.