The ACT Law Society recognises and acknowledges the efforts of the many legal practitioners in the ACT who selflessly devote a portion of their time to pro bono activities. Pro bono assistance provided by practitioners in the ACT covers a wide range of legal matters — from advising on charities legislation, family law, migration, personal injuries, mental health law, and employment matters to criminal and family law matters where legal aid is not otherwise available.
Some of the ways the Law Society promotes pro bono legal work includes:
- Providing access to reduced-cost Practising Certificates and training for lawyers providing exclusively pro bono services.
- Recognising local practitioners and firms providing outstanding pro bono legal services to the Canberra community through the Pro Bono Service Award.
- Directly coordinating pro bono services through our Legal Advice Bureau and Pro Bono Clearing House.
- Providing Pro Bono Guidelines designed to help local legal practitioners to undertake pro bono work and to promote a pro bono culture within the ACT.