A Custody Notification Service is now operational in Western Australia which provides a 24-hour welfare and legal advice hotline for Aboriginal people taken into police custody.
It is now a mandatory requirement for police to call the Custody Notification Service whenever an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is arrested and detained.
The notification service phone line is staffed by solicitors of Aboriginal Legal Service of WA who undertake a welfare check and provide legal advice to the person in custody.
The notification service has been introduced in order to prevent deaths in custody and address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons.
In every case when you are arrested by police you have the right to be given a reasonable chance to communicate with or try to communicate with a lawyer.
Our experienced criminal lawyers are available by phone to provide for urgent assistance when you have been brought into police custody. For a free 15 minute consultation, call us now on 08 9467 3333.
If you have been arrested after hours our dedicated lawyers are available to assist you on 0423 151 585 or 0448 158 232.