Help with your Legal Problem
Legal Aid and Assistance
What legal aid is available?
A list of organisations is available on the Court's website that may be able to help you with free or low costs legal advice or assistance.
Can the Court refer me for legal assistance?
The Court has the power in its absolute discretion to decide if a self-represented person should be referred for legal assistance (see Division 4.2 of the Rules). However, even if a judge does make a referral for legal assistance, it does not mean that legal assistance will be available.
The Court relies on the generosity of the legal profession, through various pro bono schemes, to provide their services and skills to assist self-represented litigants.
For further information on the Court's legal assistance scheme, refer to the Court referral for Legal Assistance on the Court's website.
Useful legal information
Where can I find legal information?
- Law Council of Australia: Case management handbook
- Victorian Law Foundation:
Law help guide 2015
Victoria's legal system
What do I call the Judge?
- Queensland Law Society: Legal brochures
- Law Society of NSW: Know your rights
- The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania: Legal eGuide
- ACT Law Society: Common legal questions answered
- Law Society Northern Territory: Explanation of legal terms
- Legal Services Commission of South Australia: Law handbook
- Western Australia: Legal Aid WA information sheets
Does the Court have a library?
Yes, each Registry has a library. The main catalogue covers the holdings of the Federal Court library network which includes textbooks, law reports, journals, legislation and government publications.
While the Court's library does not lend library materials to individuals but you may request a loan of items through your local library, you are able to search the Federal Court library catalogue online.
Go to Library Catalogue.