Do you or your firm undertake ad hoc pro
bono work not covered or referred by formal legal aid schemes such as CLAS (Criminal Legal Aid Scheme) or LAB (Legal Aid Bureau’s Civil Legal Aid Scheme)?
Under the Ad Hoc Pro Bono Assessment Scheme, the Pro Bono Services Office assists practitioners who are planning to do pro bono work for needy persons by conducting an assessment of the prospective client’s suitability for pro bono assistance.
The assessment covers a means test similar to the one administered by CLAS and assesses whether the person would benefit from any social service agency referral.
After the assessment interview, an assessment report is prepared by the Pro Bono Services Office and sent to the practitioner.
The assessment report will provide the results of the abovementioned means test and any recommended social service agency referral. It also includes a case synopsis giving useful background on the client’s legal problem and the relief sought.
The practitioner can then make an informed decision on whether to take on the case on a pro bono basis.
For Ad Hoc Pro Bono Assessment Scheme support/more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.