Duty Lawyer Scheme provides legal
representation to all persons brought before the Magistrates
Courts, Juvenile Courts
and Coroners Courts. To be
eligible for the Duty Lawyer representation, one has to pass
the merits test and means
test and pay a fixed handling charge
of $460. The Scheme also assigns lawyers to advise defendants
facing extradition and to undertake
representation of hawkers upon their
appeals to the Municipal Services Appeals Board.
The Legal Advice Scheme provides
free preliminary legal advice to members of the public as to
their legal position in genuine cases at various District Offices
in the evenings.
The Tel-Law Scheme provides
members of the public with free taped legal information by telephone.
It is a 24 hours automatic answering service which provides
tapes on more than 70
topics in Cantonese, Putonghua and English.
The Convention Against Torture Scheme provides legal assistance to claimants who have made claim under Article 3 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.