Legal Support

It is important to get legal advice if you want to say something to the Yoorrook Justice Commission that could impact you or your legal rights. For example, if you want to share details of something you agreed to keep private, or if there is a current court case that involves things you’re not allowed to talk about publicly.

Lotjpa can also assist you with making a submission to Yoorrook about your experiences.

Talking to a lawyer at Lotjpa Independent Legal Service is free and confidential. The service is independent from the Yoorrook Justice Commission. The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) and Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) run this service.

What is Lotjpa Independent Legal Service?

Lotjpa Independent Legal Service offers legal advice and support to First Peoples who want to share their truth with the Yoorrook Justice Commission. The service is free, confidential and culturally safe.

Lotjpa Independent Legal Service is delivered by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid. You can speak with a lawyer from either VALS or VLA.

Lotjpa is independent from Yoorrook. It will not give your information to Yoorrook unless you agree. Lotjpa staff will not tell anybody what you tell them, unless you want them to.

How can Lotjpa Independent Legal Service support me?

You can speak to Lotjpa about:

  • your options if you want to say something to Yoorrook that might impact you or your legal rights; or
  • other legal information, advice or support you might want.

Lotjpa can also assist you with making a submission to Yoorrook about your experiences.

When should I contact Lotjpa Independent Legal Service?

There are general legal protections if you share your story, but it is important to talk to us before you share your story with Yoorrook if:

  • you have questions about your legal rights and protections if you share your story
  • you want to keep your name or story private
  • you want to talk about a current or past court case
  • you have agreed with a person or an organisation not to talk about your story (e.g. because you received settlement money because of what happened to you)
  • your story deals with something that is against the law or could lead to criminal charges against you or somebody else
  • you want to name or criticise a person or organisation in your story
  • your story involves a government official hurting you or treating you badly or hurting or treating someone else badly. Government officials can be police, PSOs, prison
    staff, health workers or welfare workers
  • your story involves something which happened to you during your employment, or which you learned of through your employment
  • you have already told parts of your story to another Court, tribunal, Royal Commission or Parliamentary Inquiry
  • you are worried about someone treating you badly if you share your story. For example, a government agency, your work, school or a service that helps you

Contact Lotjpa Independent Legal Service:

Lotjpa phone line (operated by VLA): +61 3 8610 9830 or email: lotjpa@vla.vic.gov.au

Lotjpa phone line (operated by VALS): (03) 9418 5999 or email: lotjpa@vals.org.au