In order to improve access to justice and legal services the Rules of the KwaZulu Natal Law Society require all members to provide not less than twenty four hours of Pro Bono service per calendar year to indigent person. People can apply for assistance provided that they meet certain requirements (a means test is applied – see application forms below). Eligible non-profit or non-government organisations can also apply.
Pro bono legal services means legal services provided free of charge. The attorney will charge no fees for the service rendered. The client will only be responsible for the cost of disbursements, such as sheriff’s fees, etc.
Services rendered in terms of the Pro Bono Scheme include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Civil litigation, which includes High Court as well as Magistrate’s Court litigation;
2. Family law/ matrimonial matters, including divorce matters, maintenance matters, primary care, residence and access;
3. Labour law matters, including appearances at the CCMA or other bargaining councils as well as Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court matters;
4. Deceased estates and matters relating thereto;
5. Insolvency, including debt counselling;
6. Property law and matters relating thereto;
7. Constitutional matters; and
8. Law of contracts.