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 Can I get legal aid? (animated video) Can I get legal aid? (animated video)

Do you have questions about grants of legal aid? Watch our new animated video to find out more.

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 How can Legal Aid NSW help me? (animated video) How can Legal Aid NSW help me? (animated video)

Legal Aid NSW can help in lots of ways. Watch our new animated video to find out how.

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2019 Publications Catalogue 2019 Publications Catalogue

A catalogue of free Legal Aid NSW online and print publications.

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A guide to bail A guide to bail

Helping you understand and apply for bail.

A guide to indictable appeals A guide to indictable appeals

This brochure provide information about indictable appeals process and how to apply for legal aid.

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Appealing to the District Court Appealing to the District Court

Information about how to make an appeal if you have attended a Local or Children’s Court and are not happy about the decision that the court has made. *Prisoners Legal Service

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Are you applying for an AVO? Information for persons in need of protection. Are you applying for an AVO? Information for persons in need of protection.

Courts can make orders to protect you from a person who has been violent towards you. This brochure explains how you can get an order and what happens in court.

Are you serving a sentence for a Commonwealth offence? A guide to parole. Are you serving a sentence for a Commonwealth offence? A guide to parole.

Commonwealth parole is different to State parole. This brochure outlines what to do if you get a letter from the Attorney General's department about your parole. Includes information in Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Portugese, Spanish Dari Farsi and Arabic. *Prisoners Legal Service

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Best for kids video - I know my rights I think Best for kids video - I know my rights I think

Sometimes getting into trouble can be easy. But getting out of trouble, well that's a bit more challenging. You might get into trouble with the police. What you do each step of the way can make all the difference to how things go down. Watch Cody and Sean's story to find out more.

Burn: a short film and study guide Burn: a short film and study guide

BURN is a short film for young people about criminal law and group offending. The study guide explores the themes, characters and legal concepts in BURN.

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Character references Character references

This pamphlet explains how character references can help you if you are going to court.

Coronial Inquest Unit Coronial Inquest Unit

This factsheet provides information about the Legal Aid NSW Coronial Inquest Unit which provides representation in coronial inquests involving the public interest.

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COVID-19: ADVOs - advice for defendants COVID-19: ADVOs - advice for defendants

NSW Courts have changed the usual way they deal with ADVO applications to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

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Disqualified from driving? (ATSI version) Disqualified from driving? (ATSI version)

For Aboriginal people. Some drivers who are disqualified from driving can now ask the Local Court to remove their disqualification. If the court says yes, you can apply for a new licence. This booklet tells you if you can ask the court to remove your disqualification and what to do.

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Drink driving charges and you Drink driving charges and you

What to do if you are pleading guilty to a drink driving charge or have received a penalty notice for drink driving.

Drugs, driving and you Drugs, driving and you

What to do if: ■ You have received a penalty notice and 3 month licence suspension for a drug related driving offence ■ You are pleading guilty in the Local Court to a drug related driving offence

Easy English Police Powers - Book 1: Questions Easy English Police Powers - Book 1: Questions

There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series. Book 1: Questions is about your rights when the police want to ask you questions

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Easy English Police Powers - Book 2: Searches Easy English Police Powers - Book 2: Searches

There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series. Book 2: Searches is about your rights when the police want to search you

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Easy English Police Powers - Book 3: Arrest on the street Easy English Police Powers - Book 3: Arrest on the street

There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series. Book 3: Arrest on the street is about your rights if you are arrested on the street

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Easy English Police Powers - Book 4 Arrest at the Police Station Easy English Police Powers - Book 4 Arrest at the Police Station

There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series available from Legal Aid NSW. Book 4 Arrest at the Police Station is about your rights if you are arrested and interviewed at a police station

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Get Court Smart Get Court Smart

This pocket book tells young people how things work in the Children's Court, what they can expect and gives tips on how to prepare for court in NSW.

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Going to court: guide to the Local Court for defendants Going to court: guide to the Local Court for defendants

This booklet explains what to do if you have received a Court Attendance Notice for a criminal offence and have to go to a NSW Local Court.

Have you been charged with a domestic violence offence? Have you been charged with a domestic violence offence?

This brochure provides information for defendants who have been charged with a domestic violence offence, and what happens at court.

Have you been charged with a serious offence? Have you been charged with a serious offence?

In 2018 the court procedure for serious criminal offences in NSW changed. This brochure explains what will happen if you are charged with a serious criminal offence on or after 30 April 2018. *Prisoners Legal Service

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Have you breached your parole, home detention or intensive correction order? Have you breached your parole, home detention or intensive correction order?

This brochure outlines what happens if you breach parole, home detention or intensive correction order. *Prisoners Legal Service

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I am in prison on remand I am in prison on remand

If you have been charged with a a crime and the Court has ordered that you be kept in prison until your court hearing Legal Aid can help you. *Prisoners Legal Service

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In prison and had your visa cancelled? In prison and had your visa cancelled?

This brochure is for prisoners who are either Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens and explains what you need to do if you get a letter from the Department of Immigration telling you that your visa has been cancelled. *Prisoners Legal Service

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Is someone asking the court to make an AVO against you? Information for defendants Is someone asking the court to make an AVO against you? Information for defendants

Courts can issue an order against you if another person claims you have been violent towards them. This brochure explains when the court can make an order and what happens next.

Police Interview Police Interview

A Police interview is a broad term used for whenever the Police question you about a crime.

Police powers Police powers

Police have a lot of powers to help them carry out their work. Most of these powers are set out in legislation. The following information may help you to understand these powers and what rights and responsibilities you have in different situations about arrest, searching people and their property, public disorder, move along directions, detention of intoxicated persons, seizing goods and more.

Prisoners Legal Service Prisoners Legal Service

This brochure explains how this Legal Aid NSW service can help people in gaol.

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Questions you should ask your lawyer Questions you should ask your lawyer

This pamphlet answers the 10 most commonly asked questions people ask dealing with lawyers.

Reviewing Local Court decisions Reviewing Local Court decisions

Application for Annulment (or what to do if you missed court)

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Subpoena Survival Guide - What to do when a court wants confidential client information in NSW. Subpoena Survival Guide - What to do when a court wants confidential client information in NSW.

This guide is for people working in a health or welfare role in NSW who keep confidential client records. This guide has a focus on the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege but also covers other protections relevant to subpoenas.

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Supreme Court bail Supreme Court bail

Being on bail means you are not in gaol as you wait for your case to come on. This brochure explains when you can get bail and the things you should know before you apply to the Supreme Court for bail. *Prisoners Legal Service

The Children's Court The Children's Court

If you are charged with an offence which occurred while you were under 18, you go to the Children's Court. This applies for any offence (except for some traffic matters), so long as you are charged before you turn 21, and the offence is alleged to have been committed while you were under 18.

Their privacy is your priority Their privacy is your priority

General information for health and community sector workers about the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege. This brochure will help you protect the confidentiality of therapeutic records of sexual assault victims. Includes tips on responding to subpoenas.

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What is a Section 32? What is a Section 32?

THIS BROCHURE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO LAWYERS. It has been designed to assist CRIMINAL LAWYERS when they are providing legal advice to clients about making a section 32 application under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990

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Who’s who in the Local Court poster Who’s who in the Local Court poster

This is a diagram poster showing who is who in court and explains everybody’s role. It also tells you what will happen on the day you go to court.

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Work and Development Orders - Can't pay your fines? (WDO Generic poster) Work and Development Orders - Can't pay your fines? (WDO Generic poster)

This resource is for organisations and health practitioners that sponsor Work and Development Orders assisting clients to clear fines debt.

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Work and Development Orders: Can't pay your fines? (WDO) Work and Development Orders: Can't pay your fines? (WDO)

Information about Work and Development orders for people who cant pay their fines, including eligibility, activities and how to get a WDO.

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