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IBP rolls out pro bono legal aid via web portal

  • June 11, 2023

By Rey E. Requejo

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has launched its Pro Bono Portal (PBP) where indigent litigants nationwide can now avail themselves of free legal services online through the IBP’s “web-based legal aid platform.”

In its advisory, the IBP said its lawyers and legal aids nationwide have started their training.

“To avail legal aid services, a potential client can apply for legal assistance through the PBP which can be easily searched by typing ‘IBP pro bono portal‘ or ‘IBP free legal aid,’” the IBP stressed.

“The system then sends the application to the IBP Chapter concerned which can filter out the application and assign it to the member,” he said.

It also said the other important features of the PBP include “the integration of the means and merits test and its language translations to Pilipino and Cebuano.”

The IBP assured that “the PBP is free, secure, inclusive, and designed to be responsive to the needs of indigenous Filipinos while highlighting the competence and integrity of the Bar’s pro bono legal aid programs.”

It said the training of lawyers and their legal aids is being done by the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The training started last April 20.

“The PBP was developed by Justice Connect, a non-profit company based in Australia which supports organizations in various jurisdictions including inter alia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Germany,” the IBP said.

“The development of the PBP was made possible through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported ‘Access to Justice and Support for the Rule of Law’ program of ABA ROLI,” it added.

It also said that the technology of Justice Connect “effectively and efficiently connects clients and pro bono lawyers and law firms in a system that

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IBP’s free legal aid now online thru ‘Pro Bono Portal’

  • June 1, 2023

Indigent litigants nationwide can now avail themselves of free legal services online through the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ (IBP) “web-based legal aid platform.”

The IBP launched its Pro Bono Portal (PBP) and lawyers and their legal aids nationwide have started their training.

“To avail legal aid services, a potential client can file an application for legal assistance through the PBP which can be easily searched by typing ‘IBP pro bono portal‘ or ‘IBP free legal aid,’” the IBP said in its advisory.

“The system then sends the application to the IBP Chapter concerned which can filter out the application and assign it to the member,” he said.

It also said the other important features of the PBP include “the integration of the means and merits test and its language translations to Pilipino and Cebuano.”

It assured that “the PBP is free, secure, inclusive, and designed to be responsive to the needs of indigenous Filipinos while highlighting the competence and integrity of the Bar’s pro bono legal aid programs.”

It said the training of lawyers and their legal aids is being done by the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The training started last April 20.

The IBP said “the PBP was developed by Justice Connect, a non-profit company based in Australia which supports organizations in various jurisdictions including inter alia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Germany.”

“The development of the PBP was made possible through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported ‘Access to Justice and Support for the Rule of Law’ program of ABA ROLI,” he said.

It also said that the technology of Justice Connect “effectively and efficiently connects clients and pro bono lawyers and law firms in a system that draws from an understanding of the outcomes

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Top lawyers should provide the needy free legal aid: Rijiju

  • May 24, 2023

Itanagar, April 23 (UNI) Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday urged the top lawyers to provide free legal aid to the needy people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer.
The Union Minister was addressing a gathering including members of legal fraternity in a function at Jarbom Gamlin Govt Law College (JGGLC) at Jote in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district after inaugurating a Mega Legal Services Camp and Seva Aapke Dwar 2.0 program at the college campus, according to official sources.
During the program, Rijiju also inaugurated a Pro Bono Club at JGGLC, Jote. While laying the foundation stones for three projects namely, construction of court building for Judicial Magistrate First Class at Namsai, court building for District & Sessions Judge at Khonsa and court building for Judicial Magistrate at Bomdila, he congratulated the people of these three districts and promised to take responsibility for the construction of all the courts in Arunachal Pradesh.
On occasion, Rijiju lauded the judges of the district courts of Arunachal Pradesh for efficient and timely delivery of justice, thereby resolving many pending cases.
He called JGGLC a state property and said “it being the premier law institute of Arunachal is our pride and we need to put concerted efforts for its overall development”.
In his speech, Advisor to State’s Law & Justice Minister cum MLA Kento Jini said that the motto of the Pro Bono Club is to instill in the minds of young lawyers the sense of responsibility of community services in the legal field.
He exhorted the students of the Law College to volunteer as ‘Nyay Bandhu’ in the Club to provide free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of society.
During the day-long programme, organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration with

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Legal Aid free walk-in clinic Aug. 10

  • August 6, 2022

Jul. 30—GREENSBURG — Legal Aid announces a free Legal Aid walk-in clinic from 3 to 5 pm Wednesday, August 10, at the Greensburg/Decatur County Public Library, 1110 E. Main Street.

The free clinic is for low-income residents.

The Legal Aid Clinic and pro bono program utilizes local volunteer attorneys offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our community whom might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.

Individuals coming to the Legal Aid Clinic can expect to receive a 10-minute consultation to answer general and eviction questions, offer legal information, or to receive other limited pro se assistance or advice, in person, on a first-come, first-served base.

This is not for those with criminal law questions.

There is no need to register in advance.

Can’t attend these clinics? Visit www.legalaidpbi.org/services to find additional clinics and other ways to get free legal help.

About Legal Aid

Legal Aid is a non-profit agency providing free civil legal services, attorney referrals and legal clinics to low-income individuals, covering eight counties in South Central Indiana.

Legal Aid serves residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush, and Shelby counties.

Legal Aid is part of Pro Bono Indiana.

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