Independent Children's Lawyers

Depending on the circumstances of your case, the Judicial Officer may order that Legal Aid Western Australia appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer.

An Independent Children’s Lawyer represents your child’s best interests and makes sure that is the focus of any decisions about parenting arrangements. The Independent Children’s Lawyer does not represent any person in the case.

Their main roles include:

To carry out their role, an Independent Children’s Lawyer may:

Independent Children's Lawyers are obliged to consider the views of the child, but ultimately provide their own, independent perspective about what arrangements or decisions are in the child’s best interests.

When is an Independent Children’s Lawyer appointed?

An Independent Children's Lawyer is often appointed in disputes involving:

Anyone taking part in the proceedings can ask the Court to appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer. The Court will decide if an independent children’s lawyer will be used.

More information

More information about ICLs and their role in parenting proceedings is available on the National ICL website.

The website also provides age appropriate brochures that explain the role of the ICL for children. The Best for Kids website also has a helpful video about ICLs for kids.

The Guidelines for Independent Children's Lawyers help lawyers understand their role when they have been appointed as an Independent Children's Lawyer.

Last updated: 26-Apr-2024

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