Legal aid guide for pro bono clinics
Legal aid performs a crucial role in providing fair and equal access to justice to those most at risk of being excluded from our legal system. Since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act came into force in 2013, there have been two major problems created with accessing legal aid. It significantly reduced the availability of legal aid, and it made determining whether it is available or not in a given case has become a lot more complicated to figure out.
Both of these problems have increased pressure on those providing pro bono services, as more people rely on them for legal support. That’s why it’s important that those who provide pro bono work know when public funding is available, and how it can be accessed.
The Law Society has produced this guide to help those conducting pro bono work understand when their clients may be entitled to legal aid, so that they can redirect them appropriately and maximise the benefit that their services provide to the community.