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Do you have a legal enquiry and are you based in Western Australia?
Law Access is a not-for-profit organisation that coordinates pro bono (free or reduced cost) legal assistance for eligible not-for-profit organisations.
Eligibility of not-for-profit organisations is assessed by determining the means of the organisation and whether or not the matter could adequately be dealt with by the applicant without legal representation or assistance.
Law Access provides an acknowledgement of receipt of application within 2 working days. If more information about your matter is required Law Access will ask for the further information when you receive the acknowledgement of receipt of your application.
Once Law Access has your completed application form with all the information required to assess your eligibility for pro bono assistance it usually takes about 1 week to determine whether your matter is eligible or not. If Law Access determines your organisation is not eligible for assistance you will receive an explanation as to why Law Access cannot assist.
Law Access currently takes around a week to place meritorious not-for-profit matters with pro bono lawyers. More complex matters may take longer to assess and if assessed as meritorious may take longer to place with pro bono lawyers. If your matter is particularly urgent you should make the urgency clear when you submit your application. While Law Access has a very high success rate in placing eligible matters with pro bono lawyers, Law Access cannot guarantee that every eligible matter will be able to be placed with pro bono lawyer.
More information, including frequently asked questions, is available here.
To find out if your organisation can get free legal advice from a pro bono lawyer through Law Access, you need to complete an application form available here.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also call the telephone line [08 9324 8600] Please note this telephone line is staffed by the Law Society of Western Australia for Law Access on an in-kind basis and receives a high volume of calls.