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Pro bono

Pro bono is administered by the Legal Practice Council where attorneys are registered.

How do you qualify for a pro bono (free) attorney?

To qualify for free legal assistance, a person must comply with a ‘means test’ (a maximum monthly or no income) and have a legal problem with merit. You will be referred to an attorney by the Legal Practice Council who will assist you free of charge (pro bono).

If a referral is made to a pro bono attorney, the client is responsible only for the cost of disbursements (actual expenses), such as Sheriffs’ fees, and the attorney will not charge any fees for the work and legal services provided.

Where do I find a pro bono attorney?

Access the Legal Practice Council webiste at https://lpc.org.za/members-of-the-public/ and download a pro bono request form.

Other organisations offering pro bono services:

ProBono.org: www.probono.org.za

South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW): For labour law matters:  www.saslaw.org.za/index.php/pro-bono

Services on a contingency fee basis by attorneys

Many attorneys are prepared to undertake civil litigation (such as personal injury and motor vehicle accident claims) on a contingency (no-win-no-fee) basis for persons who may not qualify for pro bono assistance. This is subject to the provisions of the Contingency Fees Act. Ask your attorney whether he/she works on a contingency basis.