DIY Legal and Phone Help
You may wish to obtain some legal information relevant to your legal issue. There is a vast amount of legal information available online, mostly provided by government. Your local library should also be able to help you.
Legal information websites
The following online resources may be able to provide you with the information you need:
- Access to Justice - a website provided by the Commonwealth Government containing links to online services and information on local legal services such as Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres, Family Relationship Centres and Dispute Resolution Services
- Australia.gov.au: Law and Justice - A comprehensive database of links to legal information about many areas of law. The site also includes a directory of legal information sites in each state and territory (see the menu on the left).
- Foolkit - An extensive website that provides practical how-to guides and links in relation to many different areas of the law, including finding the right lawyer, preparing your own legal documents and the rules of each Court. The site has information for both lawyers and the general public and covers each state and territory.
- Austlii - Publishes a vast amount of public legal information such as legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals, and legal materials created by public bodies, such as law reform and royal commission reports. It also provides plain-English guides to the law.
- ComLaw - Publishes Commonwealth legislation
There may also be online resources specific to your state or territory, such as:
- LawAccess Online - State government site that provides legal factsheets and links to legal services.
- LawAssist - A new section of the LawAccess Online website providing information for self-represented litigants. Currently limited to ingformation on representing yourself, debts and small claims, with more sections to be added.
- The Law Handbook (VIC) Online - Extensive guide to all community law matters in Victoria published by the Fitzroy Legal Service with a proud 30 year history of pro bono contributions by lawyers.
- Rural Law Online - Provides plain language information on areas of law concerning rural Victorians.
- Law4Community - Website produced by the Fitzroy Legal Service that provides legal information for the communiy sector.
- Victoria Law - A not-for-profit website which colects resources produced by legal services around Victoria
Similar services may be available through your local library, State government or state Legal Aid's website.
The government also provides a variety of telephone services which provide legal information and referral.
- Family Law Hotline - 1800 050 321 - A confidential telephone information service for people requiring assisted access to the full range of information available on the Family Law Online website
- Law Access NSW - 1300 888 529 - Provides information and assistance on legal issues to NSW residents
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