THE NATIONAL PRO BONO ASPIRATIONAL
The Centre launched the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target (“the Target”) on 26 April 2007 and is seeking signatories from individual solicitors or barristers, law firms and chambers of barristers. The target is a voluntary one of 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. Those who signed before 1 January 2007 are known as a Foundation Signatories for the life of the initiative. See here for a list of signatories to date.
Key aims in introducing the Target are to raise the profile of a lawyer’s professional responsibility to enhance access to justice for those who would not otherwise have access to legal assistance, and to work for the public good, and to highlight the shared nature of that responsibility across the legal profession
- The figure of 35 hours per lawyer is based on consultations with members of the profession and the Centre' national survey findings, and reflects what many lawyers are already doing. It represents a minimum number of hours of pro bono legal work that all lawyers should aspire to undertake.
- The Centre will report annually on the number (but not the names) of lawyers, firms and barrister's chambers that have signed up to the Statement of Principles and those that have met the Target. It will do this in the categories of law firms, individual solicitors, individual barristers and barrister's chambers.
HOW TO SIGN UP
You can sign up here now online. Please read the relevant Statement of Principles (slight variations for individuals, firms and barrister's chambers) , click on "I agree" and then provide some limited contact details as specified.
To proceed please click on the appropriate Statement
We encourage individuals to sign up even if the firm or the chambers where they work signs up as well.
This initiative is supported and endorsed by:
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
- National Association of Community Legal Centres
- Office of the Chief Magistrate, Law Courts of the ACT
- Office of the Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of NSW
- The Law Society of Western Australia
The Law Council of Australia have indicated that individual barristers and solicitors should make their own decision as to whether they wish to be a signatory to the principles.
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