Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission

Get legal advice over the phone, see a lawyer at the clinic or court. In general, civil proceedings will not be eligible for legal aid, but there are exceptions for serious bodily injury, workers` compensation claims and professional negligence claims. This does not mean that other types of civil cases are not taken into account. Under the Civil Disbursement Fund, Tasmanians who cannot afford to have their case heard in court can apply for funds to pay for initial payments such as filing fees and reports. If the case is won, the plaintiff must repay the money with a premium. Applications can be made through a lawyer, so talk to your lawyer. In determining eligibility for legal aid, the Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission provides guidelines. Here are the different criteria by which you can apply for legal aid, including the forum test, the resources test and the merits test. TASMANIAN © LEGAL AID COMMISSION 2019 The information on this page does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should talk to a lawyer before making a decision on what to do. For free and confidential legal advice, please call our telephone advice on 1300 366 611 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

LACT operates a duty counsel system at the Magistrates Court in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport, Smithton and Queenstown. There is an office at the Hobart Magistrates` Court and duty counsel is available to take bail applications and other immediate assistance. There is also a duty lawyer in the Family Court/Federal District Court to assist those involved in family law matters. Duty counsel work is available if you have been arrested and want to apply for bail or if you are eligible for legal aid. Applications can be made through the Legal Aid Centre or your lawyer. If you have a private lawyer and no legal counsel, you should consider whether they will apply for legal aid on your behalf. Send your questions on this page to: webquery@legalaid.tas.gov.au. This is only an administrative email address and cannot be used to obtain legal advice. Lawyers apply for legal aid on behalf of their client. All applications are submitted online via our electronic submission system. Everyone can benefit from free legal advice via telephone consultation.

The Hobart office offers a dedicated telephone advice service on 1300 366 611 between 9am and 5pm daily for the cost of a local call. Our legal aid guidelines have been grouped and divided into several parts to reflect the steps. Lawyers representing low-income clients can apply for legal aid for the client. You should ask your lawyer if they will work on funding legal aid. LACT is headquartered in Hobart and has three regional offices in Launceston, Burnie and Devonport. These offices offer a range of different services at the “first contact” level. These are legal clinics, telephone counselling and the duty counsel program. The Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission (LACT) was established in Tasmania in 1991 by the Legal Aid Commission (CAS) Act 1990. The Commission`s governing body shall consist of representatives of Commonwealth and state governments, the private legal profession, a person qualified in financial management, representatives of the Community and the Director of the Commission. The Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission is seeking a Strategic Legal Officer to lead the organisation`s commitment to an effective, efficient and accessible justice system. The Commission achieves these results by granting legal aid to both the public-private prosecutor`s office and the in-house firm representing clients. The Director, who reports to the Chairman, is accountable to the Committee for the effective management of the Organization`s functions, programmes and operational flows.

The Director must work effectively as a member of a legislative authority while cooperating with the members of the Commission and representing the Commission to the Government, Ministers, other mutual legal assistance commissions, the media and the public. The successful candidate has excellent leadership and overall management skills, as well as a track record of change and innovation. With a proven commitment to the ethics of access to justice, the ideal candidate will come forward with highly developed communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Good judgment and the ability to deal with pressure and ambiguity in complex situations are required. Such appointment is subject to the condition that the Director be a lawyer or a lawyer. The Director is appointed under the Public Services Act 2000 and reports to the Deputy Secretary for Administration of Justice in the Ministry of Justice. The Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission became operational in 1991 and is the largest government-funded legal aid service in Tasmania. The service provides legal advice, representation, family dispute resolution and legal education to the Tasmanian community.