Queensland Law Society

Government commits to three-year legal relationship

Date 14 May 2014
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society today praised the government’s commitment to three-year funding agreements for pro bono legal services.

President Ian Brown said the agreements would provide community legal centres with much needed certainty and predictability regarding their income.

“Previously, these centres applied annually for funding which left them unsure if they can supply the same services in 12 months’ time,” Mr Brown said.

“Three-year funding agreements enable consistency of service, efficient use of resources and the ability to plan ahead.

“We have some way to go to bridge the gap in unmet legal need but this is a step in the right direction.

“The Productivity Commission’s draft April 2014 report, Access to Justice Arrangements, stated 17% of the population who needed legal services could not access them.

“There is an expectation and ongoing reliance on solicitors to make up the difference by offering pro bono legal services.

“So it is important to see the state government start to resolve the issue.”