Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Atsils)

NATSILS is the governing body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, representing services in all states and territories of Australia. NATSILS provides legal advice, support, representation, community legal education, advocacy, law reform activities and prisoner care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in contact with the justice system. For more information and volunteering, see NATSILS. Below you will find information about your legal department for the state/territory. Before requesting atsils` assistance to represent more than one legally supported co-respondent, it conducts its own internal procedure (granting of assistance (by LAQ) to more than one co-respondent). A copy of the ATSILS internal authorisation must be attached to the aid application. Our members have over 50 years of experience in providing culturally safe legal assistance, municipal legal education, law reform and advocacy for our communities. Self-determination and cultural security are the foundation of everything we do. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) is concerned that any additional funding for mutual legal assistance services or senior judicial authorities could result in a disproportionate over-representation of our people in the criminal justice system. We coordinate and support ATSILS to provide community-controlled, representative, high-quality and responsible legal services that are culturally safe.

This includes sharing best practices and facilitating coordinated approaches. The ATSILS legal aid applicant must comply with Legal Aid Queensland`s Resource, Orientation and Performance Test (if applicable). Legal Aid Queensland works with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service to provide legal assistance to eligible Indigenous peoples. If an application for legal aid is received by ATSILS on behalf of a client and the lawyer is approved, the granting of the aid will be returned to ATSILS, unless otherwise specified. We work and coordinate with the legal aid sector, national coalitions such as Change the Record and the Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Bodies The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd is a non-profit Aboriginal community-based organisation that is the leading provider of legal services to Queensland Aboriginal people in the areas of criminal law, civil and family. Requests for legal assistance from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSILS) will be treated in the same way as all other requests. There are thirteen legal services for violence prevention across Australia. FVPLS provides specialist and culturally secure legal services and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are victims/survivors of domestic violence across Australia. ATSILS may represent the plaintiff or defendant at a family dispute resolution conference at Legal Aid Queensland.

The provision of legal assistance to ATSILS to represent clients at conferences on the resolution of family disputes in legal aid provides access to the dispute resolution service. This is not a grant for which legal counsel is available or provided, and there is no fee. If a preferred provider requests assistance on behalf of an applicant referred to it by ATSILS, the lawyer`s fees must be paid, unless it has been clearly indicated to the preferred provider and Legal Aid Queensland that ATSILS will pay the firm`s fees. Payments payable to ATSILS include travel, accommodation and expertise expenses. Line money and nominal expenses such as the cost of phone calls, faxes and photocopies are not payable. Leading national justice, child welfare and advocacy groups have joined calls on the Northern Territory government to stop using hoods and chains for children. ACOSS, Change the Record, NATSILS, Save the Children and the Human Rights Law Centre call on the Government of the Northwest Territories to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Protection and Detention of Children as promised. The District Court reviews the statements, the conference and the trial (ATSILS) The granting of assistance to ATSILS is limited to the usual fees and disbursements of the lawyers for the respective phase of the proceedings.

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