The service will support and advocate for suspects/defendants, witnesses and victims of crime.

What will Justice Advocacy Service (JAS) provide for people with cognitive impairment?

  • Support person for victims or witnesses of crime who wish to make a statement about a crime to police
  • Support persons 24 hours, 365 days a year at police stations for people who are under arrest
  • Legal advice will be available from IDRS community legal centre for people under arrest
  • Support persons at legal appointments
  • Support persons at court and for people in correctional centres during audio visual link court appearances

Justice Support Service will also assist people with cognitive impairment by providing advocacy and by supporting problem solving in relation to their criminal justice matters. A referral can be placed by calling 1300 665 908.

The Justice Advocacy Service operates in the areas of: Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, JAS will have staff and volunteer presence in at least 12 regional centres. Regional Disability Advocacy Service will partner with IDRS to deliver the service from Albury, Wagga Wagga and Griffith.

To be eligible to access the service

  • A potential client will not require evidence  of the cognitive impairment. A person can self refer, have a person assist with the referral, also be referred by the police, court or legal representatives directly to  the Justice Advocacy Service. 
  • To be eligible a cognitive impairment includes (without limitation) any of the following:cognitive impairments arising from intellectual disability, borderline intellectual function, acquired brain injury, alcohol and drug related brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder or dementia.

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