Question: I need to know what can I do if I can't afford to pay a lawyer and I really need one to take a case to the court. Thanks. Anonymous


Thanks for your question, and yeah lawyers don't come cheap.  Without any context to your question I really can't answer it any better than what I've tried to below. Good luck.

  • Do you really need to go to court? People go to court when they are either suing or being sued.  Court is expensive, it's stressful, and it's intense.  Most cases, an overwhelming majority of cases, like, upwards of 90% of all cases get sorted by mediation.  Mediation is cheaper, easier, quicker and it allows you to move on with your life in a way that's usually a lot more dignified than getting a court order.  Investigate if you ACTUALLY need to go to court, you may want to go to court but the expense, stress and inconvenience of it may not actually be worth it.  Do some research: www.disputes.vic.gov.au
     
  • You may qualify for legal aid.  Victoria Legal Aid can't assist in all matters and they have some strict criteria.  Find out more: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au
     
  • If your case is in the public interest talk to the people at Law Connect.  They can't help everyone and they too have strict criteria but if your case qualifies they'll do it for free. For more: www.justiceconnect.org.au
     
  • Have a chat to your local community legal centre: www.communitylaw.org.au
     
  • You may be able to get a free initial consultation with a lawyer through the Law Institute: www.liv.asn.au

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