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Lawyers are 'on duty' at the ACT Magistrates Court and Children's Court, and at mental health sittings of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) to help people who have a hearing on the day, but do not have their own lawyer. Duty lawyers are either lawyers employed by Legal Aid ACT, or private lawyers who are paid by us to help you.

Duty lawyer services are free and are not means tested.

Duty lawyers often have to help many people each day, so they may only be able to give you quick help for some matters. It is important when you go to court to take with you all documents you have received about the case.

Details of duty lawyer services in the ACT are:

Court or Tribunal Types of Legal Matters Times Available
ACT Magistrates Court Criminal law matters 9am - midday on sitting days
Interim Domestic Violence Orders and Personal Protection Orders 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
ACT Children's Court Criminal law matters 9am - midday on sitting days
Family Court Family Law matters Part of each sitting day
Federal Magistrates Court Part of each sitting day
ACAT Assistance for clients detained under the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act. Contact us for more information

For more information about duty lawyers, see the FAQs.