It's Alice's first day on the job and her boss is nowhere to be seen. She's in over her head with name misspellings, family battles and public mischief. With a little advice from defence lawyer Elliot Sacks and duty counsel Zona Robinson, Alice manages to squeak through the day.
Alice's first trip into Mental Health Court teaches her how hard it is for the justice system to help the mentally ill. Elliot tries to help a one-legged Jamaican man arrested for attacking the neighbourhood girls who routinely taunt him.
Alice's client is charged with abusing and neglecting his sick father. Alice also represents a 65-year old crack addict who is not interested in being rehabilitated. Elliot uses all of his creativity to defend a high profile client.
Alice balances two clients, Elliot wars with the Crown's rigid approach to sexual assault cases, Anthony defends a woman charged with assaulting her lesbian lover and new Duty Counsel Joe Pretak finds himself grappling with four Asian co-accused.
Alice deals with a case involving racism while also battling a media circus surrounding a child abduction case. Meanwhile, James and Nancy are confounded by the court's rigid approach to domestic abuse cases.
Joe tries to get a career criminal one last chance. Homeless intellectual Mr. Jackson appears before the colourful Judge Malcolm Fraser. Elliot stretches his already-battered legal objectivity to the limit.