Free legal help available for family court in Hervey Bay
FREE family law legal advice will be available to those appearing at the Federal Circuit Court when it visits Hervey Bay on Monday, November 23.
The Family Duty Lawyer Service, run by Legal Aid Queensland, will be available at the Hervey Bay Courthouse from 9am on November 23.
Legal Aid Queensland Family Law principal lawyer Suellan Walker-Munro said the service was a legal lifeline to those representing themselves.
"Our duty lawyers provide free legal information and advice, help fill out some forms and documents needed for that day in court and will also talk about eligibility for ongoing support from Legal Aid," Ms Walker-Munro said.
"The service is aimed at people who turn up for court for a session that day without having received any information or advice from a lawyer."
She said duty lawyers would only be able to provide a basic service to help people through that day in court and would not be able to take on case work or represent people in family law trials.
"Our duty lawyer service will go some of the way to helping people get through that first day before the court, but cannot replace the very important assistance a lawyer can provide in the days and weeks leading up to a court date."
Legal Aid can also provide legal advice to financially disadvantaged Fraser Coast residents who call 1300 651 188.