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Criteria and application forms for pro bono legal services

You wish to apply for pro bono legal services?
Choose from the following four options:

 

 

Legal services

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Family law services

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Legal services for non-profit organizations

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Legal services for refugees

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Justice Pro Bono can offer you free legal services if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are not eligible for legal aid.
    • Legal aid is a service offered by the Québec government. It enables low-income people to receive the services of a lawyer free of charge or at low cost, depending on their financial situation.
  • You are unable to pay for the services of a lawyer.
    • Our Approval Committee evaluates your ability to pay for the services of a lawyer based on your financial situation and the type of legal services you require. The information you provide on the application form for pro bono legal services enables the committee to conduct this evaluation. Please note that we may request additional information and documents in support of your application.
  • For non-family and refugee applications – your case must meet at least one (1) of the following:
    • Be a matter of public interest, that is, not of a purely private nature.
      • For example: :
        • a social cause;
        • a conflict that affects a community or a group of people;
        • a request that aims to protect vulnerable people (seniors, children, the sick, the disabled, immigrants) or that is likely to bring about an important change on an issue that affects a lot of people;
        • a dispute involving the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, a municipality or a public utility;
        • litigation seeking a declaration that a law is discriminatory or unconstitutional.
    • Be a case that involves irreparable damage
      • For example:
        • a case that seeks compensation for permanent injury.
    • Be a cause of an exceptional nature
      • Justice Pro Bono has the discretion to take on unusual cases, not very common in judicial news, even if they do not correspond to the two previous elements.