Pro Bono Clearing House
What is pro bono work? ‘Pro bono publico’ (usually shortened to ‘pro bono’) means ‘for the public good’. The Law Society encourages members to provide pro bono legal assistance as part of their wider professional responsibility as legal practitioners. The provision of pro bono legal assistance has been, and continues to be, part of practice traditionally adopted by the legal profession The Law Society of Tasmania’s Scheme is called a Pro Bono Clearing House.
Pro bono legal assistance can take many forms. Lawyers doing pro bono work under the Law Society Scheme do not charge professional fees for their time. However, they may charge for other expenses called ‘disbursements’, depending on the type of matter, a person’s circumstances and the lawyer’s pro bono policy.