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JusticeNet's Self-Representation Service provides free legal assistance to people who are involved in general federal law proceedings in the Federal Courts and cannot afford a lawyer.
COVID-19 UPDATE: JusticeNet's services will continue to operate throughout the recent Adelaide outbreak. All JusticeNet staff will be working from home. The Self-Representation Service will continue to provide telephone advice and assistance only until further notice.
How we can help
The Service can provide clients with:
- legal advice about their matter;
- help drafting documents, including correspondence and court forms;
- assistance with preparing for court;
- advice about other options for the resolution of disputes.
The Service offers help to clients throughout the course of their proceedings. There is no limit to the number of appointments a person may receive, subject to their continuing eligibility. Telephone appointments are available where necessary.
The Self-Representation Service will not act as your lawyer. We will not:
- be responsible for any limitation periods that may affect your matter;
- take on conduct of your legal problem or court proceeding;
- represent you at hearings or trials;
- act for you as your solicitor on the court record;
- sign documents on your behalf;
- communicate with the court, the other parties or legal representatives on your behalf; or
- pay for any fees, disbursements or costs orders incurred by you.
The service does not provide assistance with criminal, native title, family law or complex commercial matters.
Please note: clients are at all times responsible for meeting any deadlines imposed by the law, the Court or tribunal, or any other parties
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for help if you are...
- involved in proceedings, or prospective proceedings, in the Adelaide or Darwin registries of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court;
- are not represented;
- cannot afford private legal assistance; and
- are ineligible for legal aid and;
- if you have a matter that falls within our areas of expertise and;
- your case is found to be meritorious.
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How do I apply?
You can contact us by telephone or email to discuss your matter or visit us in person. Our staff can discuss your situation and help you complete an application form. You can download a PDF application form using the link below:
Application forms are also available from the Federal Court court registry.
Self-Representation Service (Federal Courts) SA/NT
Level 7, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building
3 Angas Street, Adelaide
Post: GPO Box 11024, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8410 2280 or 1800283661 (for callers outside Adelaide)
The service is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm.
JusticeNet acknowledges the generous support of the following organisations:
- Our participating law firms and;
- The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department