Self Representation Service

Representing yourself in the Federal Court is daunting. Justice Connect is here to help.

If you’re representing yourself in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court, a little legal help can go a long way. Our Self Representation Service provides legal help across some matters in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania. So people have a fair chance at a better outcome.

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How it works

People eligible for assistance in NSW, Victoria, ACT or Tasmania may receive a one-hour appointment with a volunteer lawyer. The appointment will be at the Federal Court in Sydney or Melbourne or via phone or video conferencing. The appointment may include:

  • legal advice about the issue at court
  • assistance in preparing documents, including correspondence and court forms
  • advice about other options to resolve the issue
  • information about court orders and procedures.

Depending on the nature of the matter and the circumstances, eligible people may be offered more than one appointment to support them throughout their case. Remember, we provide task-orientated assistance in preparation for court, we don’t provide legal representation.

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