Legal advice and representation 2022-09-13T14:41:05+09:30

Legal advice

TEWLS is able to provide free one-off legal advice to all women and persons identifying as women in the Greater Darwin region. Appointments for legal advice are confidential, except where mandatory reporting is required under NT law.

TEWLS is unable to provide legal advice by email or via one of our social media channels.

TEWLS offers appointments for legal advice in most areas of civil, family and migration law. To check whether TEWLS is able to give you legal advice, please see Areas of Law.

TEWLS is able to provide legal advice as follows:

  • In person – TEWLS can give legal advice at our Darwin office or at one of our Clinic Locations;
  • By phone – If you are unable to attend our office or one of our clinic locations, we are able to provide legal advice over the phone; or
  • By Teams or Skype – If you are unable to attend our office or one of our clinic locations, but would prefer to speak “face-to-face” with one of our lawyers, we are able to provide legal advice via Teams or Skype.

TEWLS is able to arrange interpreters free of charge, including Auslan interpreters. If you require the assistance of an interpreter for your appointment, please let us know at the time of making your appointment.

To make an appointment for legal advice, please Contact Us or you can request for a TEWLS staff member to contact you by completing the Make An Appointment form.

Preparing for your appointment for legal advice

To make an appointment with TEWLS, you will need to provide your name and the full name of the person who is on the other side of your legal matter – this is usually the person or organisation/company/Government Department with whom you’re having problems . TEWLS needs to obtain this information so that we can conduct a “conflict check”, where we confirm that there are no conflicts of interest that would mean that we’re not able to give you legal advice.

When you are preparing for your appointment, you should:

  • Collate any paperwork that relates to your legal matter; and/or
  • Write down any questions that you would like the ask the lawyer.

If you are not sure what you should bring to your appointment, please ask TEWLS staff at the time that your appointment is made.

Legal representation

TEWLS provides casework and legal representation services on a case-by-case basis. This means that TEWLS represents clients as required, including at Court or within a mediation setting.

As a small team, we are able to provide legal representation only in circumstances of hardship or where there is a barrier to accessing justice. The assessment of these circumstances is at the discretion of TEWLS and can include circumstances such as health and disability barriers, domestic, family and sexual violence, cultural and/or linguistic barriers, financial hardship, and homelessness, as well as TEWLS’ capacity to assist at that time.

If we are not able to provide you with legal representation, we will be able to provide you with appropriate referrals for other legal and non-legal services, including private legal practitioners, in your local area.

“Quick Exit” button

The TEWLS website has a “quick exit” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

This button will close the TEWLS website and open the Bureau of Meteorology website. You may need to use this button if you are worried that someone is watching you use the computer or that you have been looking at the TEWLS website.

The “quick exit” button does not delete your browse history. This means that if someone checks your browser history, they will be able to see that you have visited then TEWLS website.

Do you speak a language other than English?

If you would like to speak to TEWLS with an interpreter:

You can call TEWLS on 1800 234 441 and ask to speak to us with an interpreter. We can organise this for free.You will need to tell us your name, your phone number and the language that you speak. We will then call you back with an interpreter on the phone.

TEWLS are able to organise interpreters for most languages, including Aboriginal languages and Auslan.

You can also organise for TEWLS to contact you:

To organise for TEWLS to contact you, please complete the form through the “Make an Appointment” button on the TEWLS home page.

Do you want to access the TEWLS website in a language other than English?

If you would like to listen to the TEWLS website in an
Aboriginal language:

TEWLS has had four Top End Aboriginal languages recorded for this website. You can click the “play” button to listen to these recordings.

The languages that are currently available are:

  • – Murrinh-Patha
  • – Tiwi
  • – Warlpiri
  • – Yolngu Matha

If you would like to read the TEWLS website in a language other than English:

The TEWLS website is able to be translated to lots of different languages. To change the language settings, press “Select Language” in the top bar and choose the language that you speak.

More about hiding your history

Remember, deleting large parts of your internet history may be dangerous. This is because it may tell someone that you do not want your internet history to be found.

If you need help with online safety and/or technological safety, you can visit the eSafety Commissioner website here or you can call 1800 RESPECT on their 24-hour telephone counselling and support service. If you are in danger, you should call the Police on 000.