Legal Services

Balit Ngulu provides free legal advice and representation for the Koorie community.

The services Balit Ngulu provides are as follows:

    • Information, initial legal advice, minor assistance and referral;
    • Legal casework services including representation and assistance, covering Criminal Law, Civil Law and Family Law matters.

Information
The Balit Ngulu office can provide basic legal information.

Initial Legal Advice
Initial legal advice is the provision of legal advice or information that is not provided as part of duty lawyer work or casework. It includes referrals, preliminary assistance, the writing of short letters and completion of forms.

Minor assistance
Minor assistance is helping with phone calls or letters and advocacy in dealing with other services.

Referral
A Balit Ngulu’ staff member will use his or her professional judgement in making an appropriate referral having reference to the lists of appropriate sources of referral and assistance maintained by Balit Ngulu.

Legal Casework
Legal Casework is legal representation and assistance, covering criminal, civil and family law matters. It is matters where Balit Ngulu provides ongoing legal services (i.e. assistance continues after the first day of contact) to a client in relation to a particular legal problem.

Priorities

Balit Ngulu gives priority to applicants whose circumstances fall into one or more of the priority categories, which are:

  • Where the person may be detained in custody;
  • Where there is a real risk to the person’s physical safety;
  • Where cultural or personal well-being is at risk;
  • Where a family member of a person who died in custody seeks representation at an inquiry into the death (unless other appropriate Assistance is readily available); and
  • Where the client would be significantly disadvantaged if assistance is not provided.