The Legal Aid NSW

The role of Legal Aid

Legal Aid NSW is a state-wide organisation providing legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged people across NSW. We deliver legal services in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Legal Aid NSW delivers legal services in partnership with the private legal profession through grants of legal aid.

What Legal Advice do they provide?

We provide free and confidential face-to-face legal advice on most legal issues, including:

  • Criminal law – people facing criminal charges.
  • Family law – issues arising from family breakdown (especially matters involving children), domestic violence and child support.
  • Civil law – we specialises in housing law, consumer law including credit, debt and mortgage matters, discrimination, social security, immigration, mental health and guardianship law. It also provides help with floods.

Are there any areas that I can't get advice in?

We don't provide advice about the following areas of law.

  • Business matters, including new business information, partnerships, contracts, leases and franchises (unless the problem is connected to an issue with a friend or family member such as divorce, a partner's debt or being a guarantor for a loan).
  • Commercial investment matters.
  • Local planning and development disputes.
  • Taxation matters.
  • Workers compensation.
  • Intellectual property/trademarks/patents.
  • Neighbourhood disputes if you have not yet tried mediation.
  • Legal advice about retirement village contracts before entering into a contract. However, we do provide legal advice once you are in a retirement village.

Who is eligble for Legal Aid?

Anyone can use our advice services.

However, there are some situations where we might not be able to give you legal advice. For example, if we have already given legal advice to the party you are in dispute with we may not be able to give you legal advice.

An example of a success story

Successful appeal for a young man

The police were called to investigate a brawl. They arrested our client, a young man talking to some friends outside a car. The car then left. When the young man ran away from the car, the police pursued and arrested him.

Our children’s lawyer argued that the charges be withdrawn as the arrest was unlawful. The Magistrate ruled that running away from police does not mean people have committed an offence, and that therefore the arrest was unlawful.

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