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JS support persons at court

Justice Support(JS)

JS is a service of IDRS providing support for people with intellectual disability when they are involved in the criminal justice system as a witness, victim or defendant.

JS support persons are trained volunteers who provide practical support. They are used to working with people with intellectual disability.

JS support person at court

    The JS court support person will
  • attend court and legal appointments with your client
  • remind your client to attend court and appointments
  • work with the lawyer to facillitate effective communication
  • assist your client to understand what's happening at court
  • look after your client's needs and anxieties at court
  • attend hearings via audio-visual link with your client at a correctional centre

JS makes every effort to provide the same support person throughout a matter. This provides consistency for your client if the lawyer changes from one hearing to the next.

Having a support person assists the lawyer as well as your client.

A recent thank-you letter to JS from a Legal Aid lawyer said:

[The JS support person] provided invaluable support to my client and assisted her in understanding the court proceedings which were complicated and traumatic for her. I really appreciated the assistance given as in the past I have been N's support person in court, which has made the dual roles - assisting her as well as looking after her legal problems - extremely difficult. I was freed up on this occasion to be her legal representative only, which was of great benefit to me.

JS Contact details:

(02) 9318 0144

1300 665 908 (9:00am - 10:00pm, 7 days a week service for persons with intellectual disability under arrest)

Fax- (02) 9318 2887


PO Box 3347, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia

Working with clients with Intellectual disabilityJS support persons at police stations

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