Assists members of the community who cannot afford the cost of a solicitor & are not eligible for Legal Aid by referring to private law firms for pro bono (free or at a reduced cost) legal assistance.
Pro Bono Scheme
The Law Society’s Pro Bono Scheme can put you in contact with law firms willing to provide their legal services for free or for reduced fees.
This assistance can include legal advice, help with preparing documentation and representation in court.
The Law Society’s Pro Bono Scheme also provides legal assistance on an 'in-house' basis for eligible applicants.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for assistance under the Scheme, applicants must:
have applied for and been refused Legal Aid assistance for their legal matter (proof of this is required);
satisfy the means assessment applied by the Scheme;
have a matter that has merit and/or reasonable prospects of success;
have a type of matter covered by the Scheme.
Types of matters covered by the Scheme
Assistance with Apprehended Violence Orders
Child care and protection
Family law matters related to children (eg. live with, spend time with disputes)
Immigration assistance for refugees
Legal assistance for not-for-profit organisations and charities
Wills and Estates
Types of matters not covered by the Scheme
Child support disputes
Complaints about solicitors
Dispute regarding legal costs
Family law matters related solely property
Motor vehicle accidents
Neighbourhood disputes including fence disputes
Personal injury claims
Spousal maintenance claims and related disputes
Victim's compensation claims
Workers compensation claims
The Law Society's Pro Bono Solicitor has the sole discretion to accept matters that are outside these guidelines due to exceptional circumstances, including disability, risk of physical harm to the applicant and extreme financial hardship.
How to apply visit http://www.lawsociety.com.au/community/findingalawyer/probono/index.htm
Phone: (02) 9926 0364/(02) 9926 0355