The Criminal, Outreach & Generalist Services team (COGS) is a team of 10 lawyers that practice in a variety of legal areas, with a broad range of stakeholders and partner organisations, meeting legal need for sectors of the community that in many cases experience barriers in accessing justice. The legal services provided are focussed in the City of Yarra and City of Darebin local government areas, but some lawyers have the ability to assist clients from the broader metropolitan Melbourne region and occasionally state-wide.

The COGS team includes the:

Duty lawyer service based at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood

  • Duty lawyer service based at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood

• Drug Outreach Lawyer program covering City of Yarra and City of Darebin

• Generalist service including an outreach lawyer focussing on young people in the City of Darebin

• Criminal law service (aidable, private clients and some pro bono clients)

• Community Outreach Lawyer health justice partnership with the Health Independence Program at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne in Fitzroy

• Women's Integrated Legal & Outreach service assisting criminalised women


The legal areas the COGS team practices in include criminal law, tenancy, intervention orders, infringements, and VOCAT; and the type of assistance provided includes advice, duty lawyer and case work that encompasses court and tribunal appearances including contested matters.

• Generalist service including an outreach lawyer focussing on young people in the City of Darebin

• Criminal law service (aidable, private clients and some pro bono clients)

• Community Outreach Lawyer health justice partnership with the Health Independence Program at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne in Fitzroy

• Women's Integrated Legal & Outreach service assisting criminalised women

Further details and how to apply can be found here:

http://fls.org.au/app/uploads/2021/09/FLS-Casual-Locum-Lawyer-PD-2021.pdf

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