Criminal law - what legal problems can we help you with?
We can help you with your rights when:
- police ask you to 'move on' - what does this mean?
- police ask you to go to the police station to talk about criminal charges - do you have to speak to them?
- you are invited to a youth justice conference - what will happen?
- you are given notice to go to court - what do you do?
Police ask you to go to the police station to talk about criminal charges
It's important to talk to a lawyer before deciding to give a police interview.
Our lawyers can't attend your police interview, but we can give you legal advice about your interview and dealing with the police.
We may be able to refer you to someone who can attend your interview.
You are given notice to go to court - what do you do?
If you are charged with a criminal offence (you may have been given a notice to attend on pink paper) get in touch with us immediately. Don't wait until the day of court.
If you do go to court and haven't organised a lawyer, ask to see the duty lawyer. If there is no duty lawyer there, ask the magistrate to put your matter off to a day when there is a duty lawyer and get in touch with us.
You need to contact Legal Aid Queensland to work out if you should make an application for legal aid for a lawyer to go to court with you.
What is Youth Legal Aid?
- Youth Legal Aid is a specialist team based in our Brisbane office that deals with criminal matters for young people.
- Youth Legal Aid acts for you, not your parents or anyone else.
Family law - what legal problems can we help you with?
We can help you with your rights when:
- your parents separate - where will you live, will you spend time with each parent?
- you have an independent children's lawyer - who are they?
- your parents are going to court - do you have a say?
- you are unhappy with your living arrangements or the time you spend with each parent
- you have broken up with your partner and you have children
- you are experiencing violence in your relationship
You have an independent children's lawyer - who are they?
An independent children's lawyer is a lawyer appointed by the family court to represent a child's interests during a family dispute to ensure the child's best interests are met.
A parent, or any person with an interest in the child's welfare, can apply to the family court to have an independent children's lawyer appointed or the court can decide an independent children's lawyer should be appointed.
An independent children's lawyer is a lawyer appointed by the court and may be appointed in cases where:
- there are serious concerns about the welfare of the child
- there is a particularly complex family situation or
- the court is being asked to make an unusual order.
The independent children's lawyer presents evidence to the court about what appears to be in the child's best interests, which means your views are not always followed.
What is the independent children's lawyer's unit?
Our independent children's lawyers unit has lawyers in our Brisbane office who specialise in representing children in family law matters. These lawyers are appointed by the court.
Child protection - what legal problems can we help you with?
If the Department of Child Safety has moved you from living at home to either living with a family member or foster carer or if you are still living at home and the department has become involved, you may have some concerns.
We can help if:
- you want to find out what is happening in court
- you are unhappy with where you are living, your placement or you are having problems
- you are unhappy with the amount of contact you are getting with your family.
You have a separate representative - who are they?
A separate representative is a lawyer appointed by the childrens court or Children Services Tribunal to act in your best interests and let the decision maker know your wishes or views.
What the separate representative considers to be in your best interests may be different to your wishes or views.
What is the Child Protection Unit?
Our Child Protection Unit has lawyers based in our Brisbane and Woodridge offices who appear for children and young people in child protection matters in the childrens court or Children Services Tribunal.
They appear as either separate representatives or direct representatives.
We can also help with these civil law problems:
- bank accounts
- debts and contracts
- government services
- mobile phone contracts
- problems when renting
- unfair treatment at school or work.