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The Duty Lawyer Service is an organization fully subvented by the Hong Kong
SAR Government. It was first established in 1978. It is managed by the Hong
Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong through a governing
council and is administered by a legally qualified
administrator. The Duty Lawyer Service offers four legal assistance schemes
to complement the legal aid services provided by the Legal Aid Department.
The four schemes are the Duty Lawyer Scheme,
the Free Legal Advice Scheme and the Tel-Law
Scheme and the Legal Assistance Scheme for Non-refoulement Claimants.