The Aboriginal Legal Service gives legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT. They work in two areas of law, Criminal law and Children's Care and Protection law. For Family or Civil law matters, they give information and referral to other legal practices.
They have 23 offices and 185 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT working towards achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the community. They also do things that make them different from other legal service providers, like:
- Having Field Officers who live and work in their communities working hand in hand with our Lawyers as cultural translators.
- The 'Custody Notification Service' provides early legal advice for Aboriginal people taken into Police custody.
- They assist prisoners getting out of jail reintegrate into daily life.
- They make films, brochures and educational resources used for talking with people about their legal rights through our Community Legal Education program .
- They lobby at a local, State, Federal and international level about Aboriginal people’s rights to justice. If they can’t assist someone, they can usually find someone who can.
For legal assistance, contact the Aboriginal Legal Service on one of their toll free numbers:
1800-765-767 for police charges and court matters.
1800-733-233 for care and protection and family matters.