Legal advice and representation

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA)

VLA can provide specialist advice and legal representation at Tribunal hearings for compulsory patients. VLA provides service to most metropolitan and some regional mental health services. VLA can also provide specialist advice and assistance about other legal issues.

Telephone 1300 792 387  to contact VLA or visit

Further information about Victoria Legal Aid services related to Mental Health is available here.

Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC)

The MHLC is also able to provide advice, assistance and representation at Tribunal hearings. The MHLC also has a dedicated night phone advice service
between 6.30-8.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those experiencing legal problems.

Telephone 9629 4422 (1800 555 887 for countrycallers) to contact the MHLC or visit their website.

Private Lawyers

Patients are also welcome to engage private lawyers to represent them at Tribunal hearings at their own expense.