Our legal services.
Children and young people throughout the state can access our legal advice line during office hours, for the cost of a local telephone call.
Regional 1800 199 066
Perth 9202 1688
We also provide casework and court representation services within the Perth metropolitan area. Unfortunately, our court representation service is currently restricted to Children’s Court matters as a result of multiple funding cuts.
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice and casework in the following areas, subject to capacity:
- Criminal matters, including traffic offences
- Motor vehicle accidents (not personal injury)
- Contract law
- Criminal injuries compensation
- Violence and misconduct restraining orders
- Leaving home
- Spent convictions
- Appealing criminal convictions
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice on all criminal matters and traffic offences for children and young people under 25 years of age, for offences within Western Australia.
Legal representation in courts within the Perth metropolitan area is limited by our capacity and current funding contracts. Our first priority is to provide legal representation to those appearing in the Children’s Court and then, as resources permit, those over 18 may be granted representation at the discretion of the Director. At this time, representation is restricted to Children’s Court matters.
Motor vehicle accidents
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice and casework to establish liability and negotiate with insurers or claimants, but does not provide court representation. The provision of this service is dependent on caseloads and is therefore at the discretion of the Director.
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice on contracts such as personal credit matters, gym memberships and telephone contracts, including establishing the capacity to contract, contractual obligations and unconscionable contracts. The provision of this service is dependent on caseloads and is therefore at the discretion of the Director.
Criminal Injuries Compensation
Victims: Youth Legal Service assists children and young people with applying for criminal injuries compensation. Please note: Youth Legal Service has no capacity to meet the costs of medical reports or fees associated with Freedom of Information requests.
Respondents: Youth Legal Service acts for and assists respondents and provides representation and negotiation in reimbursement order hearings.
Violence and misconduct restraining orders
Youth Legal Service provides court representation and information about court processes for respondents to violence restraining orders. Youth Legal Service also provides defended hearings for respondents to orders. The provision of these services is dependent on caseloads and is therefore at the discretion of the Director.
Youth Legal Service provides advice to children and young people as to their legal rights and responsibilities and accessing personal belongings and papers.
Youth Legal Service assists young people with applying for a spent conviction, including court representation.
Appealing criminal convictions
Youth Legal Service initiates appeals in the Court of Appeal on a merits basis with priority given to harsh sentencing. Within the Children’s Court, Youth Legal Service may initiate a review of sentence as per Section 40 of the Children’s Court Act 1988.
Power of attorney
Youth Legal Service provides advice and information for children and young people wishing to authorise someone to make financial and legal decisions on his/her behalf.
Non-provision of legal advice
Youth Legal Service does not provide advice in the following areas of the law:
- Family law matters (such as divorce, custody, child support, property settlement)
- Care and protection matters (Department of Child Protection)
- Immigration matters
- Personal injury matters and/or workers compensation
- Copyright matters
- Employment law matters
- Tenancy matters
- Defamation matters
- Taxation matters
- Property matters
- Social security matters
- Commercial law matters
- Neighbourhood/fencing disputes
- Medical negligence
- Wills and estates
In addition, Youth Legal Service may not be able to help for the following reasons:
- The young person is 25 years of age or older.
- The legal issue does not fall within the Western Australian jurisdiction.
- We do not have the relevant expertise.
- We have a conflict of interest.
- We do not have capacity.
Youth Legal Service will, however, provide you with information and/or a referral to another service that provides assistance with these matters or alternatively a community support agency which may assist and, in some circumstances, we will provide you contact details for private legal firms.
Youth Legal Service does not provide legal advice to employers, business proprietors and landlords.