Support services

No matter what your reason for being in court – or involved in a court matter – it is important you feel informed and supported.

See below for a comprehensive list of the most used professional agencies, community organisations and support services for County Court matters.

Child Witness Support Service
https://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/going-to-court/child-witness-service
Information and support for young people who have been victims of, or witnesses to, violent crimes.

Disaster Legal Help
http://www.disasterlegalhelp.org.au
Free legal advice and assistance for Victorians affected by a disaster. If a disaster occurs, volunteer lawyers will come to the affected community.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre
http://www.dvrcv.org.au
Non-profit organisation working to prevent and respond to family violence.

Federation of Community Legal Centres
http://www.communitylaw.org.au
Peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services.

Justice Connect
https://www.justiceconnect.org.au
Free legal help for people and community groups.

Law Institute of Victoria
https://www.liv.asn.au
Find a lawyer or other legal professional.

Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria
https://victimsandwitnesses.opp.vic.gov.au
Helping victims, witnesses and bereaved family members navigate the Victorian criminal justice system.

Salvation Army
http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/find-help/court-and-prison-services
Provides services such as counselling, rehabilitation, prison programs and family support.

Victims of Crime Helpline
https://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au
Free information and support to help you manage the effects of crime and guide you through the legal process. Telephone 1800 819 817.

Victoria Legal Aid
https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au
Provides free legal advice and, if you can't afford a lawyer, helps you apply to receive legal assistance.

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
http://vals.org.au
Free legal advice and representation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community.

Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
https://www.vcat.vic.gov.au
Need help resolving a dispute? VCAT may be able to assist. Find out how to apply, if there's a fee, and what documents you'll need.

Victorian Bar
http://www.vicbar.com.au/public/brief-barrister/i-need-legal-help
All you need to know to find and engage a barrister.

Witness Assistance Service
http://www.opp.vic.gov.au/Witnesses-and-Victims/Getting-Help-from-the-Witness-Assistsnce-Service
Supports and guides victims and witnesses of serious crime through the court process.

Translaters and interpreters

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators
https://www.tisnational.gov.au
Australia’s most up-to-date and comprehensive on-line directory of practitioners, information and advice.

Translating And Interpreting Service
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/life/tran
Provided by the Department of Home Affairs for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with non-English speaking clients.

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Page last updated: 9 September 2018