Legal advice/representation if you have to go to court or are charged with a criminal offence.
VALS provides criminal law assistance.
The type of criminal law work VALS does is:
- Summary and indictable offences
- Most Driving offences
VALS’ criminal lawyers travel to the regions within Victoria. They are allocated a region to ensure continuity of service provision in each region and share the court work in Metropolitan Melbourne.
Victoria Police are required to notify VALS within an hour when a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent is taken into custody. Victoria Police notifications are known as E* Justice Notifications
The requirements of Victoria Police are outlined in the Victoria Police Manual – VPM Instruction, section 1.9 – Taking a person into custody, Paragraph 4.3.5 ‘Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.