Information for the Public

The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) is a voluntary professional association of barristers.  The WABA liaises and works with Law Access, community legal centres, and the courts to provide pro bono legal advice and representation by our members.

Generally, members of the WABA do not accept instructions directly from a client – members are briefed by an instructing solicitor.

What to do if you need legal assistance, cannot afford to pay for it and cannot obtain other funding. Where to go first?

If you do not currently have a solicitor assisting you and you have not already done so, you may wish to contact Law Access, which is a not-for-profit organisation that coordinates the giving of pro bono (free or reduced cost) legal assistance by the Western Australian legal profession.  The service is targeted at not-for-profits and individuals in genuine need of legal assistance who satisfy a means and merits test.

Law Access may be in a position to assist you in securing the services of a solicitor, on a pro bono basis.

Law Access does not offer a walk-in service and all contact must be made by email, in writing or by telephoning the reception at the Law Society of Western Australia.  The contact details for Law Access are set out below:

Law Access
PO Box Z5345
PERTH WA 6831

Phone:  (08) 6488 6813
Fax:  (08) 9324 8699
Email:  lawaccess@lawaccess.net.au
Website:  www.lawaccess.net.au

If Law Access is able to secure the services of a solicitor and that solicitor decides that a barrister should be involved, Law Access will liaise with the WABA.

Other avenues to consider are:

• Legal Aid Western Australia

• Community Legal Centres

• Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia

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WA Bar only contains the contact details of those barristers who are members of the Western Australian Bar Association with current WA or Interstate practising certificates and who have agreed to their details being made available.

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