Karly Warner, acting executive officer for NATSILS, told BuzzFeed News the situation is critical.
"We are seriously concerned about the impacts of the scheduled $4.5 million cuts which are due to hit the ATSILS (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)”.
"One of our legal services does not have guaranteed funding services behind the end of the year. These are emergency measures, we need immediate injections to survive".
Warner warns that the courts will be full of Indigenous people representing themselves if the legal service fails to secure increased long-term funding.
"It will result in an unavoidable withdrawal of frontline services resulting in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being unrepresented in courts and unable to access culturally competent legal services".