The Court Network Telephone Service -
The Court Network’s new telephone support model commenced on Wednesday 27 May.
The Court Network Telephone Service provides free, confidential support, information and referral for all court users (victims, witnesses, accused, family and friends) during business hours Monday to Friday.
The service is staffed exclusively by volunteers (Networkers) and replaces the face to face Networker model during the COVID-19 restrictions. If successful, this service will be maintained post COVID-19 restrictions to complement usual Networker services.
The Court Network Telephone Service will, as much as possible, replicate the face to face service (with some limitations) and assist callers in the following ways:
Provide support and information about what happens before, during or after court
The new toll-free number is 1800 571 239. Callers will be re-routed to the mobile number of a Networker, who will be waiting at the end of each line to receive those calls and provide assistance. In Queensland there are five lines - one dedicated Domestic and Family Violence Desk, and four covering all jurisdictions.
- Explain how the courts and legal systems operate
- Inform court users about how to best contact various courts and tribunals
- Assist court users to get the help they need to address their safety issues
- Help to arrange access to a secure room if required
- Provide court users with up to date information on new arrangements for court since the COVID-19
- Provide court users with referrals to legal services in their area
- Refer court users to services to assist them to fill out and submit orders and paperwork
- Talk to court users on their day of court either before or after their matter has been heard
- Help court users to understand the next steps that they might have to take
- Refer court users to an appropriate service that could assist them with issues such as housing, domestic violence and mental health.