CAALAS has the largest criminal law practice in Central Australia. Our section consists of Aboriginal support staff, administration staff and lawyers who all work together to strive to achieve justice for our clients in the Criminal Justice System.
We strive to ensure that we:
- provide a culturally relevant legal service to Aboriginal people of Central Australia;
- ensure clients are able to communicate in their language with the use of interpreters; and
- provide feedback to governments on legislative reform and legal policy issues affecting Central Australian Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.
What we do
Our Criminal Law Practice represents clients:
- on criminal charges in the Youth Justice Court, Local Court (Magistrates Court) and the Supreme Court;
- the Court of Criminal Appeal;
- in some circumstances, the High Court of Australia.
We also provide:
- legal advice over the phone or face to face about criminal charges or police investigations; and
- 24 hour legal advice when people are arrested or taken into police custody. If you get picked up by police you can ask them for CAALAS' after hours telephone number so that you can speak to a lawyer.
CAALAS attends Bush Courts in Hermannsburg, Elliot, Tennant Creek, Ali Curung, Ti Tree, Yuendumu, Papunya, Mutijulu and Kintore.
You can look at the Bush Court Calendar here.
CAALAS also provides specialised services for vulnerable people including:
- young people; and
- defendants with mental health issues and other disabilities.