The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd is a non-profit, community based Indigenous organization who is the primary legal service provider to Indigenous Queensland in areas of criminal, civil and family law.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service was formed:
To assist all Indigenous people to understand the legal and judicial systems, allowing for a lack of education, speech and hearing problems.
For clients to have proper legal advice, representation and follow up with the families.
To ensure that clients are properly represented within the police, judicial and prison systems.
To ensure that there was an understanding of the culture, of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, confronting the courts.
All of the above are part of a negotiated agreement with the office of the Attorney General’s which has been developed under the Australian Aboriginal Legal Services Policy Guidelines.
The key areas of service delivery are:
criminal law representation and advice
family and civil law representation and advice
prison based advice and assistance in relation to legal and sentence management issues
law reform and community legal education programs.
Legal Aid Queensland partners with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in the delivery of legal assistance to eligible Indigenous people.