What is JusticeNet SA
JusticeNet is an independent not-for-profit organisation that coordinates pro bono (free) legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged South Australians. We also assist not-for-profit and community organisations. Since the launch of our referral service in June 2009, we have developed a reputation for providing an important ‘safety net’ for members of the community who cannot afford legal advice or representation.
JusticeNet collaborates with existing legal service providers (such as Community Legal Centres and the Legal Services Commission). Applicants are referred to existing services where appropriate. Where gaps in existing legal service delivery would leave applicants without legal advice or representation, JusticeNet will facilitate pro bono assistance by referring clients to member lawyers.
To qualify for assistance from JusticeNet, applicants must satisfy our eligibility criteria, including a means and merits test. JusticeNet provides assistance for predominantly civil law matters. Only in exceptional circumstances is JusticeNet in a position to assist with criminal and family law matters.
By harnessing the resources of law firms and barristers, JusticeNet operates as a ‘clearinghouse’ for pro bono work in South Australia. JusticeNet aims to ensure that, as far as possible, all meritorious pro bono needs in South Australia are met and all applications for such assistance are dealt with efficiently and in a coordinated and timely manner.
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Our members provide pro bono legal assistance to applicants who satisfy our eligibility criteria.
Membership subscriptions also help cover some of the cost of administering our legal assistance scheme.
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Click here to find out more about how individuals and law firms can get involved through participating in our pro bono legal assistance scheme.
Membership subscriptions are currently our most significant single source of income, but they do not fully cover our annual operating costs. Nor do we receive any recurrent government funding.
As such, support from our local community is vital. We offer a range of coporate partnership and sponsorship opportunities. For further information, please contact Tessa Colliver, Business Development Manager on Tel: (08) 8313 5005 or Email: email@example.com.