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Our legal system. Information for women
A general overview of how the legal system works in Queensland.
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Our legal system. Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
General information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about the legal system in Queensland.
What are my rights if.....I want to separate from my partner?
Information about your rights and responsibilities when separating from your partner after a relationship breakdown.
What are my rights if... I want to separate from my partner (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women)
Information about your rights and responsibilities when separating from your partner after a relationship breakdown—focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Domestic violence court support. We can help you
Information about the Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service/Application Assistance Program
Applying for a domestic violence order. What happens in court?
Information about how to apply for Domestic Violence Protection Order.
Responding to a domestic violence order. What are my options?
General information for respondents to a Domestic Violence Protection Order
Protect yourself—abuse is wrong!
General information about how to protect yourself from domestic violence and abuse.
How do I get a domestic violence protection order?
General information about applying for a domestic violence protection order.
Responding to a domestic violence order application
Legal information guide
General information about your legal options if someone has applied for a domestic violence protection order against you.
Representing yourself at your domestic and family violence application hearing
This factsheet will help you prepare for your domestic violence application hearing.
Completing an affidavit (aggrieved)
Preparing your evidence for a domestic and family violence hearing
Completing an affidavit (respondents)
Protecting sexual assault counselling records
Counselling Notes Protect
How to apply for a domestic violence order
General information about applying for a domestic violence order.
Law week 2012 hypothetical
The 2012 Law Week Hypothetical examines what domestic violence is and helps distinguish the myths from the facts.
Law for all podcast
Episode 1: Recognising financial control as part of family and domestic violence
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Bringing a support person to a family dispute resolution conference
If you’re participating in a family dispute resolution conference you might want to bring a family member, friend or colleague with you to support you through the conference process.
Need help to sort out a family law problem?
General information about how to get help to sort out a family law problem.
How will a separate representative help my child in their protection matter?
Roles and responsibilities of a separate representative during the family dispute resolution process.
Is a family report being prepared for your family law matter?
General information about what a family report being prepared during a family dispute resolution process.
Having trouble dividing your property after a separation or divorce?
General information to help you divide your property after a separation or divorce.
Do you have questions about a social assessment report?
General information about social assessment reports.
Organising child support and care arrangement for your children
General information about child support and care arrangements for children.
Child support, Family Tax Benefit and your child care levels
General information about Child Support, the Family Tax benefit and childcare.
Do you have a grandchild in your care?
General information about your rights and responsibilities when caring for a child if you are their grandparent.
Child protection and the Childrens Court
General information about child protection matters and the Childrens Court.
Having your say in the Childrens Court. For young people in care
General information about having your say in the Childrens Court for young people in care
What to expect when you go to the Childrens Court
General information about what happens when you go to the Childrens Court
Can I be involved in a child protection court case if I'm not the child's parent or guardian?
General information about being involved in a child protection court case if you're not the parent or guardian
What are your rights while in care?
General information about your rights and responsibilities when you are in someone else's care.
Our service promise to children and young people
General information about legal help for young people.
Deciding whether you should help with supervision
General information to help you decide whether you should help with supervision.
What happens when your parents go to court?
General information to help you understand what happens when your parents go to court.
What is an Independent Children's Lawyer?
General information about the role of the Independent Children's Lawyer (ICL).
Collecting and enforcing child support. Information for receiving parents
Collecting and enforcing child support Information for receiving parents
How do I recover unpaid child support?
Consent orders, parenting orders and parenting plans
General information about preparing a written agreement with your ex-partner about arrangements for your children.
You and family law. A short guide
General information about family law matters
Arb Lite – Family law property arbitration pilot
Everything you need to know about how the Arb Lite arbitration program works under our lawyer-assisted mediation pilot
Your family law property conference
Everything you need to know about how conferences work under our lawyer-assisted mediation pilot
Life after separation—putting the pieces back together
This presentation offers information about the options available to you when separating depending on your circumstances and, by dropping in on two families, will help you get a clearer idea of how the system works in ‘real life’ scenarios.
When separating is a video series designed to help couples considering or experiencing separation.
Parenting arrangements and public health guidelines. What COVID-19 means for you and your children
This factsheet will help parents work through what publichealth guidelines around COVID-19 mean for their childrenand parenting arrangements.
Ailan Kastom child rearing practice in Torres Strait Islander families
Torres Strait Islander families have traditional adoption andchild raising practices called Ailan Kastom child rearing practice. Under Ailan Kastom child rearing practice, a child’s biological (birth) parents may agree for another couple (the cultural parents) within their extended family to permanently raise their biological child as the cultural parents’ own.
Have you been charged with an offence? A guide to appearing in the Magistrates Court
General information about what happens if you've been charged with an offence and need to appear in the Magistrates Court.
Self-represented criminal appeals. A guide to appealing a conviction and/or sentence
General information about appealing a criminal conviction or sentence if you are representing yourself.
Bail by mail. A guide for bail or varying bail if you have been charged with a crime in Queensland
General information about applying or varying bail if you've been charged with an offence.
Is it legal? What you need to know about using your phone and social media
Did you know there are laws about cyberbullying, taking and sending nude pics (some people call this ‘sexting’), and image-based abuse—where someone threatens to send a nude or intimate pic of you to other people?
Youth Legal Advice Hotline
A poster about free and confidential legal advice about bail, diversionary options, being charged with an offence, talking to police and youth justice issues.
General information about our Youth Information Hotline
Are you in prison and need legal help?
General information about what legal help is available if you are in prison.
Law week 2011 hypothetical
The Law week 2011 hypothetical explores the challenges faced by people with intellectual disability in Queensland's justice system.
Law week 2010 hypothetical
The Law week 2010 hypothetical explores Queensland's Drug Court program and drug diversion sentencing options.
Law week 2009 hypothetical
The Law week 2009 hypothetical explores the current response of our criminal justice, education and community services to the over-representation of Indigenous people in our justice system.
Law week 2008 hypothetical
The Law week 2008 hypothetical explores the response of our criminal justice, health, education and community services to a juvenile offender with behavioural issues.
Law week 2007 hypothetical
The Law week 2007 hypothetical explores the myriad factors considered when sentencing an offender charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
Are you going to lose your driver licence? Applying for a work licence or special hardship order
General information about applying for a work licence or special hardship order if you've lost your licence.
Has your licence been disqualified for more than two years?
A guide to applying to a work licence or special hardship order if you licence has been disqualified for more than 2 years.
Buying a used car from a motor dealer. Your legal rights
Your legal rights when buying a used car from a motor dealer.
Have you been in an accident? A guide to help you work out who pays for the damage
General information about what happens after you've been in an accident.
Episode 2: Legal tips and pitfalls: buying a used car in Queensland
Have you received a debt notice from Centrelink?
Information about your right to appeal Centrelink's decision to raise a debt.
Free legal help for war veterans
Information about what legal help is available to war veterans through the war veterans legal aid scheme
Need help with your money and debt problems?
General information about what help is available if you have money and debt problems.
Need help getting an insurance claim paid?
Information to help you with general insurance claims.
The Farm and Rural Legal Service
General information about our Farm and Rural Legal Service.
Bushfires and insurance claims
General information about bushfires and making an insurance claim.
When disaster strikes—cyclones, storms and floods. A guide to getting your insurance claim paid
General information to help you with insurance claims after a natural disaster such as cyclone, storms or flood.
Does someone owe you money? A guide to help you claim a minor debt of $25,000 or less.
General information to help you retrieve minor debts from someone who owes you money.
Consumer and trader disputes. A guide to help you resolve a dispute with a trader
General information to help you resolve consumer disputes with a trader.
Applying for a Centrelink payment while you look for work
Separation certificates and waiting periods
Are you struggling to pay a loan?
A guide to your options if you can’t meet your loan payments
Episode 3: Dealing with insurance and damage when a natural disaster hits
My discrimination complaint is going to conciliation
My discrimination complaint is going to conciliation.
My discrimination complaint was not resolved. What happens next?
Going to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
Your legal rights. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Your legal rights
Are you looking for legal help?
General information to help you find legal help for your problem.
You have legal rights too! (young people)
Need legal help? (Indigenous people)
General information about legal rights for Indigenous Queenslanders.
Need legal help? Ask Legal Aid Queensland
General information about how to contact Legal Aid Queensland and our services.
General information for young people contacting Legal Aid Queensland.
General information about getting help with your legal problem.
Need legal help? Ask Legal Aid Queensland (Indigenous Queenslanders)
General information for Indigenous Queenslanders about getting help for your legal problem.
Can I get legal aid?
General information about our criteria for granting legal aid.
Get legal help - Easy English
This document is about how you can get legal help, written in an easy to read way.
Need legal help? Ask Legal Aid Queensland (multilingual)
General information about how to contact Legal Aid Queensland if you need legal help and what services are available.
General information about how Legal Aid Queensland can help people who speak other languages.
What's the law?—Australian law for new arrivals
What's the law explores the some of the most legal issues faced by new arrivals to Australia. This resource is designed for adult ESL learners.
Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme. A client's guide
General information for clients applying to the Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme.
Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme. A lawyer’s guide
General information for solicitors and lawyers about the Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme.
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Last updated 29 June 2022
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