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About the service
Prisoners Legal Service (PLS) is a community legal centre dedicated to providing specialist advice to prisoners on matters relating to their incarceration. This includes:
- free legal advice and representation about conditions of imprisonment and parole decisions
- free financial counselling
- advocacy to government.
PLS does not practice in criminal law and cannot provide advice or representation to prisoners about their criminal charges.
Matters the service can help with
- Solitary confinement
- Use of force
- Breaches of discipline
- Personal injury
- Security classification
- Prison management decisions (eg access to library)
- Prison Transfers
- Visa cancellation in prison
- Health issues (eg. problems with access to medication/medical treatment)
Family and friends of prisoners
To contact Prisoner's Legal Service, complete an online enquiry form.
Your enquiry will be reviewed by a PLS lawyer and you will receive a response either by email or by telephone.
Telephone call backs in response to online enquiries will generally take place on Monday evenings between 6pm-7pm.
PLS is unable to provide legal advice to third parties. If you are a family member or friend seeking advice on behalf of a prisoner, the service encourages you to tell your relative or friend to contact the service directly on their free telephone advice line or by writing to PLS.