Law Society Welcomes Introduction of WA Pro Bono Model to Enhance Access to Justice
Friday, 20 March 2020
The State Government has announced the introduction of a Pro Bono Model, which will further enhance access to justice for all Western Australians.
New pro bono requirements will apply to all law firms who undertake legal services for government departments and agencies and take effect from 1 July 2020.
Under the WA Pro Bono Model, law firms who undertake legal services for Government must subscribe to the National Pro Bono Target, and provide pro bono legal services in WA for ‘approved causes’ to the value of at least 10 per cent of the value of their State Government legal work.
Attorney General John Quigley said, “The WA Pro Bono Model will focus on helping individuals from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds secure access to justice. It will improve access to justice for those in greatest hardship.”
Law Society President Nicholas van Hattem concurred, “The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to have contributed to the development of the WA Pro Bono Model and supports pro bono by members of the legal profession and firms where they have the capacity to provide it.”
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