Pro Bono Referral Service

Our pro bono referral service can connect you with a lawyer to help on a pro bono basis (for free). The degree of assistance that your pro bono lawyer can provide will depend on the nature of your legal problem and other factors.

Please note: the referral service does not itself provide legal advice and cannot assist with urgent legal deadlines. If you are looking for over the phone legal advice, please contact the Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424. 

Who we can help

We can refer individuals and charitable not-for-profit organisations with issues that relate to South Australian or Federal law.

To determine whether your matter is suitable for referral, JusticeNet applies eligibility criteria and guidelines. We will only refer you for pro bono legal assistance if, to our satisfaction:

  • you have exhausted all other avenues for legal assistance;
  • you cannot afford a lawyer; and
  • your case has legal merit.

We will also consider other factors such as whether your problem raises a matter of public interest, the capacity of the pro bono lawyers who participate in our service and our own resources.

Generally, we will give priority to those experiencing the greatest hardship.

What we cannot help with

Because pro bono resources are finite there are certain types of legal matters that we cannot assist with except in exceptional circumstances:

  • family law matters (please contact the Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424)
  • criminal law matters (please contact the Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424)
  • wills and estates;
  • commercial and business disputes,
  • building disputes,
  • traffic offences and motor vehicle accidents,
  • personal injury or compensation matters.

How do I apply for assistance?

If you believe that you are eligible for help from our referral service then you can download an application form (see Key Downloads on this page) or contact JusticeNet on (08) 8313 5005 and we will send one to you.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, we encourage you to contact us on (08) 8313 5005 before lodging an application.

Please note that due to our limited resources we cannot meet with you in person to discuss your matter. We will use a telephone interpreter if required.

Completed application forms must be accompanied by copies of all relevant supporting documentation. Please do not send us originals. Applications can be sent to JusticeNet at the address below.

Contact us

Post:  JusticeNet SA, Ligertwood Building, North Terrace, University of Adelaide SA 5005
Phone: (08) 8313 5005

Please note: from 1 February 2017 until further notice this phone line is staffed from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Fax: (08) 8313 0223
Email: [email protected]

Thank you

JusticeNet acknowledges the support of:

  • our members and network of pro bono lawyers in public and private practice
  • the University of Adelaide Law School
  • the Minter Ellison Foundation.