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Legal Aid Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Unit provides expert advice on issues about discrimination, eg discrimination based on the grounds of gender, race, religion or sexual preference.
Discrimination — discrimination occurs when a person with an attribute is treated or proposed to be treated less favourably than a person without that attribute in the same or similar circumstances.
Legal Aid Queensland's Child Protection Unit provides advice and conducts separate and direct representation of children and young people in child protection cases.
Legal officers can comment on issues including:
The Consumer Protection Unit provides specialist advice and casework services in consumer law. The unit provides direct advice to clients and also provides advice to lawyers and financial counsellors throughout Queensland.
Consumer Protection Unit legal officers can comment on issues including:
Legal Aid Queensland is the state's largest criminal law practice. Criminal Law Services provides representation to people charged with criminal offences before Queensland courts.
Criminal Law Services legal officers can comment on issues including:
Note: It is often difficult for legal officers to comment on current cases or legally aided clients.
Legal Aid Queensland coordinates the Queensland Criminal Law Duty Lawyer Program. In the Brisbane region, duty lawyer services are provided by Legal Aid Queensland's in-house criminal lawyers and private lawyers. Across regional Queensland, duty lawyer services are also provided by preferred supplier law firms (law firms Legal Aid Queensland has developed partnerships with).
Legal Aid Queensland’s in-house family lawyers also provide a Family Law Duty Lawyer Service throughout Queensland.
Legal Aid Queensland can comment on issues including:
criminal law duty lawyer — is a person (either a solicitor or a barrister) appointed by Legal Aid Queensland to help unrepresented people (either on summons, bail or in custody) who have been charged with criminal offences in most Children's Courts and most Magistrates Courts.
family law duty lawyer — is a person appointed by Legal Aid Queensland to help unrepresented people who are appearing before the Family Court of Australia or Federal Circuit Court.
Legal Aid Queensland's Family Law Services provides specialist services in the areas of child support, domestic violence, representation of children in various forums and general family law matters.
Legal officers from Family Law Services can comment on issues including:
Legal Aid Queensland's Farm and Rural Legal Service provides advice and assistance to Queensland rural producers and businesses who have severe debt-related problems or are in dispute with their lenders or are otherwise facing financial hardship that relates to their business of primary production.
Our Farm and Rural Legal Service legal officers can comment on issues including:
To get legal aid representation applicants must meet the Legal Aid Queensland means test, funding guidelines and in most cases, a merits test.
The means test involves reviewing an applicant's income and assets to determine if they are financially eligible for legal aid. Young people under 17 years of age don’t have to meet the means test to be eligible for aid, but may have to meet other guidelines. Applicants who rely solely on Centrelink payments for their income will usually pass the income section of our means test, however they will still need to be assessed under the assets section of the means test
The merits test considers a number of things including:
Our CEO or Grants director can answer queries about the legal aid grants process. For example:
Dispute resolution is a non-litigious alternative to resolving legal disputes. Dispute resolution encourages parties to resolve their differences through mediation under the guidance of an independent chairperson. Legal Aid Queensland has two distinct dispute resolution streams to help clients with family law disputes — the Family Law Conference Program and the Property Arbitration Program.
A person aged 16 years and younger is dealt with as a juvenile in criminal law matters. A person aged 17 years and older is dealt with as an adult. Legal Aid Queensland's Youth Legal Aid Team helps juveniles who have been charged with a criminal offence.
The Youth Legal Aid Team can provide expert opinion on issues relating to juveniles and criminal law matters including:
Our Mental Health Unit provides information and advice to people in mental institutions and represents people before the Mental Health Court.
Mental Health Unit legal officers can comment on issues including:
Violence Prevention and Women’s Advocacy is a specialised unit of Legal Aid Queensland that provides legal advice, representation, social work support and court assistance in domestic violence matters.
Staff can comment on issues involving women and their interaction with our legal system including:
Legal Aid Queensland provides free telephone legal information and advice. Our statewide telephone legal advice service accounts for about 30 per cent of all Legal Aid Queensland advices.
We also provide information and referrals to more than 250,000 people a year through our Client Information Services call centre.
Legal Aid Queensland can comment on issues involving providing telephone legal information and advice including: