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Last month at Legal Aid - April 2020

In April 2020,

  • We provided preventative legal services to 19,677 people to help them resolve their legal problem. 
  • 2,787 people received early intervention services such as receiving legal advice and minor assistance from our lawyers over the phone, via videoconference or face-to-face at one of our offices. 
  • We provided dispute resolution services to 167 people to help ex-partners work out their family law problems without going to court. 
  • Our criminal law duty lawyers guided 825 adults through their appearance in the Magistrates Courts. 
  • 42 children were represented by our duty lawyers in the Childrens Courts. 
  • Our family law duty lawyers helped 29 unrepresented people get through their day in the family law courts. 
  • We approved aid for 190 children and adults to be represented by lawyers in the family courts. 
  • We approved aid for lawyers to defend 1,997 people charged with criminal offences. 
  • We helped ensure decisions made in 110 child protection proceedings were in the best interests of the children involved. 
  • Our consumer protection lawyers helped 370 people sort out their money problems. 

These statistics are reported in line with the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services. 

*The number of people = the number of matters. 

**Preventative services includes referrals, information services, DV court assistance workers, information sessions and referrals, call centre and counter information services and referrals, CLE attendees, FLDL referrals and publications. 

Media contact: Amanda Catania or Caroline Page (07) 3917 0407 or 3917 0457 

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