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Legal Aid (assistance in getting and paying for a lawyer) is not usually granted for summary offences except where prison or other serious consequences are likely to eventuate. This means that for someone appearing in the Magistrates Court the options may be either representing themselves or paying for a private lawyer.

There are a number of ways a person can get help in representing themselves. Community Legal Services advice sessions, Legal Aid office clinics, Duty Solicitors and court volunteers are all avenues they can try.

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