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 the Pro Bono Referral Service cannot assist with:

  • 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 the left-hand side of this page).

Completed applications and supporting documentation can be sent to [email protected].

Please note that due to our limited resources we cannot discuss your application with you before it has been submitted. 

Completed application forms must be accompanied by copies of all relevant supporting documentation. 

Contact us

We are currently changing our intake procedures. We are unable to take telephone enquiries until further notice.

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 Law Foundation of South Australia.