Without legal aid, Sue couldn’t afford a lawyer to settle a family dispute with her ex-husband. Now both parents are worried they won't be able to see their children.
Without legal aid, Ronald, a former volunteer fire fighter, failed an "in person" bail application. He had to endure six weeks in custody where he was badly assaulted.
Without legal aid, Year 12 student Ash had to represent himself in court. He felt intimidated, confused and ended up with a criminal record.
Without legal aid, widowed retiree James didn’t have the necessary legal advice to assist with lodging an appeal. Application flaws left James with depression and the matter unresolved.
With the help of legal aid, single mother Alice might have avoided having her young child taken away for three weeks and unnecessary charges against her former partner avoided.
With the help of legal aid, bullied retail worker Jessica would have been given advice on her legal options following an altercation. She wouldn’t have to represent herself and may still be employed.
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