On 10 June 2020, the Victorian Bar launched a new online pro bono platform through which the Supreme, County and Coroners Courts of Victoria are able to make pro bono referrals to barristers. The pro bono platform will enhance the arrangements between the Courts and Bar by facilitating targeted requests from the Courts for barristers to provide pro bono assistance to parties in civil or criminal matters in the interests of the administration of justice. The platform also enables barristers to administer and manage their pro bono matters in one hub. The platform is the next evolution in the Bar’s long and proud history of pro bono work.
The new platform is one of two formal ways pro bono matters may be referred to barristers. The newly launched platform manages court-based referrals, which operates in addition to Justice Connect’s referral system which assesses and administers pro bono requests by members of the public. More information about the two pro bono schemes is on the Victorian Bar’s member pro bono page here.
The Victorian Bar acknowledges the assistance of the Courts and the significant financial contribution of the Legal Services Board + Commissioner and the substantial in-kind contribution from Icon Agency to the development of the pro bono platform.
We also acknowledge the superb contribution of our own Pro Bono Committee, who worked closely with the Bar administration in designing, developing and testing the platform.
A recording of the webinar is available here.
Elizabeth Gray on +61 401 561 554 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org