The Legal Law

Legal Aid NSW helps people with their problem

The Lagal Law ( Made by Anh Vu )

1. The role of Legal Aid

Legal Aid NSW provides legal services to disadvantaged clients across NSW in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Legal Aid NSW helps people with their legal problems and also help at court and family dispute resolution.

2. What Legal Advice

A lawyer will give you one-off free legal advice about your issue. They able to provide help with simple documents if you do not have a lawyer. They will not be able to help you with complex legal documents.

3. Who is eligible for Legal

Anyone can be eligible

An example of a success story

- Legal Aid NSW is representing alleged people smugglers after granting aid in 105 matters. Many are being acquitted in NSW after a year in immigration detention and on remand.

- One of our clients Maynanse is from an impoverished community in a remote part of the Indonesian archipelago, surviving on subsistence farming and fishing. He was recruited by agents of people smuggling networks who come to the bigger villages offering work on fishing boats for large sums of money. The captain stopped the boat out at sea so people could board, then told Maynanse the job had changed and he now had to take the boat to Christmas Island, which Maynanse believed to be an Indonesian island.

- The captain disembarked and called Maynanse instructing him to follow the GPS coordinates which would in fact take the boat to Australia. Maynanse was terrified. He felt he had no choice but to continue the journey.

- At trial, Maynanse argued that the phone call at sea amounted to a ‘sudden or extraordinary emergency’, and that committing the offence was the only reasonable choice he had. The jury accepted Maynanse’s defence, and he was acquitted after a lengthy trial.