QPILCH has a range of services providing free assistance in civil law matters. To read more about the services and whether you will be eligible for assistance, click on one of the links below.
- Referral to firms and barristers for people who can't afford a lawyer, where the case justifies pro bono assistance and where a specialist service below cannot assist.
- Free legal advice and representation to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness at a number of community agencies across Queensland.
- Free civil law advice and assistance to refugees in Brisbane, Queensland who have been in Australia for less than 5 years.
- Free legal advice and assistance to people with mental illness, their families and anyone dealing with an issue relating to mental health law.
- Advocacy in the Mental Health Review Tribunal for people on Involuntary Treatment Orders.
- Free advice and assistance to people representing themselves in the Supreme Court, District Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court (in certain areas of law) and QCAT (in certain areas of law).
Magistrates Court Services
- Referral for full or part-representation in civil proceedings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court where the claim exceeds $20,000.
- Assistance to self-represent in Townsville Magistrates Court.
QPILCH generally cannot assist with:
- Family law, criminal law or native title
- Complex commercial or building disputes
- Clients who could afford to pay a lawyer, obtain legal aid, or obtain 'no win, no fee' assistance (such as in personal injury claims)