Joint Media Statement: Funding certainty to help Law Access meet pro bono demand
Friday, 27 August 2021
Law Access and its founder and parent body, the Law Society of Western Australia, welcome the WA Government’s announcement of $250,000 funding for Law Access per annum for four years (indexed).
Law Access matches applications for legal help from vulnerable and financially disadvantaged members of the community to lawyers and legal firms willing to provide their services free of charge.
Law Access Chairman Malcolm McCusker QC said: “This funding follows a 30% increase in demand for pro bono legal assistance from the community. It provides a welcome anchor providing Law Access with some much-needed certainty in order to develop a sustainably funded service.”
Law Society President Jocelyne Boujos also celebrated the funding announcement saying: “Law Access provides a vital safety net for vulnerable Western Australians facing legal problems where no funded legal assistance is available. As the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia, the Law Society is proud to have established and to continue to support this valuable community service.”
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The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 4,000 members. The Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.