Victoria Legal Aid

Help Before Court

Do you have to go to court?

Have Victoria Police charged you with a criminal or driving offence? Or is there a problem with your community corrections order?

  • Victoria Legal Aid can help you prepare for court.
  • If you answer a few questions, we will let you know how we can help.
  • We will need your permission to contact Victoria Police or Corrections Victoria to get details about your case. Why?
  • Things you tell us are confidential. Find out more about how we will use your personal information.

If you don’t want to provide your details, you can find out more about going to court on our website or contact Legal Help on 1300 792 387 or via Legal Help Chat.

Yes, I have a court date and I would like help from Victoria Legal Aid.

Do you agree?


Victoria Legal Aid makes Help Before Court available so that you can register a request for legal help and provide us with the initial information and permissions we need to consider your request.

Use of Help Before Court does not automatically mean we will be able to provide you with legal help. We will consider your request and contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we can help you.

We try our absolute best to protect your information, but Victoria Legal Aid does not guarantee, and cannot ensure, the absolute security of information sent through the internet.

Basic information

Extra information


Thank you.

The information you entered has been sent to Victoria Legal Aid.

Based on the information you have provided you probably earn too much to qualify for direct help from a VLA lawyer with your legal problem. This is just a preliminary check though, and there are still ways we can help.

What happens next?

We will review your information and contact you to talk about next steps.

In the meantime, you can find out more about going to court on our website.

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