What is a Duty Lawyer?

What is a Duty Lawyer?

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As a Legal Aid Duty Lawyer you’ll find me
and maybe some colleagues of mine in courtroom two when you arrive at the
court. The Legal Aid Duty Lawyer is basically there to assist people who are
appearing at court without their own lawyer. Generally, the Legal Aid Duty Lawyer
will probably have a lot of people queuing up to see him or her and they’ll
have to do an assessment as to who are the people that need their assistance
most. In this context, it’s good idea for people who are going to court to go first of
all to the Legal Aid office and have a discussion with a lawyer there. That
lawyer may be able to send the papers through to the duty lawyer who’s going
to be present on the day that you appear. That can be very helpful because they’ll
have the papers and they’ll be ready to proceed without too much delay when the
court is interested in hearing from you. Again, that depends very
much on whether your particular problem is sufficiently serious to outweigh the
needs of others that might be there on the day. It’s always a good idea to get in touch with Legal Aid in the first place through the Helpline. The number is
1300 654 314 and they’ll be able to
assist you through the process.

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