A special mention goes to the Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia and its subsidiary the Multicultural Legal Centre, whose lawyers performed 460 pro bono hours in this period. The Multicultural Legal Centre provides support to individuals who face language and financial barriers in accessing legal services and support.
Mr Leo Gatica-Lara, Principal Solicitor of the Multicultural Legal Centre, said “the Scheme is fundamentally needed because there are so many people of non-English speaking backgrounds that experience disadvantage: they don’t know the legal system, they speak a different language and they are on very low income. They experience disadvantage in every area. The Multicultural Legal Centre aims to provide culturally and linguistically diverse communities access to the justice system.”
The Scheme insured the pro bono work of two solicitors, who performed 20 hours of pro bono legal work per week over the period. Since joining the Scheme in March 2017, they have performed a remarkable 640 hours of pro bono legal work. Thanks to the work of these dedicated solicitors, members of Perth’s multicultural communities are better able to access the legal assistance needed to navigate their legal matters.
The Centre would like to thank all the lawyers and paralegals under the Scheme for their significant pro bono efforts.