Easy English fact sheets for parents dealing with the child protection system. Advice from parents with experience.

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Who will be in the Court room?

This is Childrens Court
Only people in your childs case will be there.
  • the magistrate
  • your lawyer
  • your childs lawyer. She is also called the
    Independent Legal Representative
    Direct Legal Representative
  • Community Services lawyer.
    He is called the DCJ lawyer
  • you
Ask your lawyer about other people in the court room. Like
  • your advocate
  • your support person.

Your Child

Young children are not in Court.
Children more than 12 years may go to Court.
Like a child who is 14 or 16.
Each child makes their own choice.
Many of these children do not come to Court.

More information

This fact sheet is general information.
It may not be the same for you.
Talk to a lawyer about
  • your own child
  • your family.
This fact sheet was made by
  • The WASH House
  • The Ability Rights Centre. A service of IDRS
  • a Parent Advisory Group, 2020.
We have used images from
  • ChangePeople
  • Legal Aid NSW
  • Mayer-Johnson
  • Participics
Access Easy English helped The WASH House write the Easy English.
March 2020.


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