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Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

VALS provides free legal advice and representation for the Koorie community.

The services VALS provides are as follows:

  • Information, initial legal advice, minor assistance and referral;
  • Duty lawyer assistance;
  • Legal casework services including representation and assistance, covering Criminal Law, Civil Law and Family Law matters.
Information

Each of the VALS’ offices can provide basic legal information.

Initial Legal Advice

Initial legal advice is the provision of legal advice or information that is not provided as part of duty lawyer work or casework. It includes referrals, preliminary assistance, the writing of short letters and completion of forms.

Minor assistance

Minor assistance is helping with phone calls or letters and advocacy in dealing with other services.

Referral

A VALS’ staff member will use his or her professional judgement in making an appropriate referral having reference to the lists of appropriate sources of referral and assistance maintained by VALS.

Duty Lawyer assistance

Duty Lawyers provide advice and/or representation in urgent matters to people who have not been able to arrange legal representation. For instance, all applications (i.e. for bail or adjournments) are performed on a Duty Lawyer basis where the matter is completed in one day. A matter not completed on the same day is called a Casework matter.

Legal Casework

Legal Casework is legal representation and assistance, covering criminal, civil and family law matters. It is matters where VALS provides ongoing legal services (i.e. assistance continues after the first day of contact) to a client in relation to a particular legal problem.

Phone

(03) 9418 5999

Toll free: 1800 064 865

Sector/setting: 
Aboriginal services
Justice, courts & legal
Location: 
Statewide
Barwon
Bayside Peninsula
Brimbank Melton
Central Highlands
Goulburn
Hume Moreland
Inner Eastern Melbourne
Inner Gippsland
Loddon
Mallee
North Eastern Melbourne
Outer Eastern Melbourne
Outer Gippsland
Ovens Murray
Southern Melbourne
Western District
Western Melbourne
Type of service: 
Specialist services