Our story

18 September 2013
Justice Connect has over 20 years of experience providing access to justice through pro bono

Justice Connect was formed when The Public Interest Law Clearing Houses PILCH NSW (established in 1992) and PILCH Vic (established in 1994) merged on 1 July 2013. We work with thousands of lawyers, including 50 NSW and Victorian law firms, and hundreds of barristers. We are financially supported by our members, federal and state government and philanthropic support, fees for service and donations.

We are also supported by the in-kind contribution made by our pro bono lawyers.

Our unique contribution is collaboration. Much of our capacity to pursue and achieve our vision - of a fair and just world - derives from the culture and community of goodwill that we have fostered over many years with lawyers, governments, professional legal associations and community groups. By working with pro bono lawyers to develop and strengthen pro bono capacity and strategically match this with unmet legal need, we avoid duplication, enhance access for clients and deliver a holistic response to disadvantage.

Not restricted by State boundaries, we are now better placed to further develop, and strategically deploy, pro bono resources to improve access to justice in response to the changing legal and social environment.