Federal Court Self-Representation Service

UPDATE: The State Courts Self-Representation Service has permanently closed due to a lack of funding. JusticeNet’s pro bono referral scheme (Pro Bono Connect) and Federal Courts Self-Representation Service continue to operate as normal. 

If you are involved in a civil court action in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court and need help contact us on (08) 8410 2280 (or 1800 283 661 for callers outside Adelaide).The Self-Representation Service ("the Service") has offices located in the Federal court building, but is operated by JusticeNet SA, a not-for-profit organisation that is independent of government and the courts.

How the Service can help

The Service helps people who cannot afford a lawyer to understand the law, comply with Federal court rules and procedures, present their case in the best possible manner and resolve disputes quickly and efficiently. The Service provides clients with:

  • legal advice about their legal matter;
  • help drafting documents, including correspondence and court forms;
  • assistance with preparing for court;
  • advice about other options for the resolution of disputes.

The Service offers help to clients throughout the course of their proceedings. There is no limit to the number of appointments a person may receive, subject to their continuing eligibility.

What the Service cannot do

The Service solicitors will NOT act as your lawyer. The Service will not:

  • be responsible if a limitation period expires before you can be assisted by the Service;
  • take on conduct of your legal problem or court proceeding;
  • represent you at hearings or trials;
  • act for you as your solicitor on the court record;
  • sign documents on your behalf;
  • communicate with the court, the other parties or legal representatives on your behalf; or
  • pay for any fees, disbursements or costs orders incurred by you.

The Service is unable to provide assistance with criminal, native title and family law matters.

Am I eligible?

The Service provides free legal help for individuals who are:

  • involved in, or considering commencing, legal proceedings in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court and;
  • are not represented;
  • cannot afford private legal assistance;
  • are ineligible for legal aid.

For more information please download a Fact Sheet about the Service

How do I apply?

Contact us by telephone to discuss your matter or visit us in person. Our staff can discuss your situation and help you complete an Application Form.

Application Forms are available from the court registry or our website (see Key Downloads on this page).

JusticeNet will review your application and contact eligible applicants to arrange one or more appointments with a solicitor. Telephone appointments are available where necessary.

Contact us

Self-Representation Service (Federal Courts) SA/NT

Level 7, Commonwealth Law Courts, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide
Post: GPO Box 11024, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8410 2280 or 1800283661 (for callers outside Adelaide)
Fax: (08) 8313 0223
Email: [email protected]

This service is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm, except Wednesdays the service is open 9:30am to 2pm.

Thank you

JusticeNet gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations:

  • our participating law firms
  • the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department