Impact so far in Australia
160 firms currently using the Portal in Australia
50% increase in pro bono referrals over 12 months
Over 1000 pro bono opportunities posted
Critical role in legal response to bushfire and COVID-19 crises
An ambitious global social justice project
With support from a range of philanthropic, NGO and corporate partners, Justice Connect develops technology products that support access to justice in Australia.
Organisations around the world have sought access to our technology to support their work, in particular our Pro Bono Portal.
With the support of our generous partners, our Global Portal Project will provide access to our technology that supports pro bono ecosystems at no/low cost to users around the world.
About Justice Connect
Justice Connect is an Australian charity that has been operating for 28 years. In the face of huge unmet legal need, we design and deliver high-impact interventions to increase access to legal support and achieve social justice. We help those who would otherwise miss out on assistance, focusing on people disproportionately impacted by the law and the organisations that make our community thrive.
We’ve been running legal programs for decades, and our work is now supported by leading technology that we develop in-house. Working with pro bono is in our DNA and our services leverage a network of over 10,000 Australian pro bono lawyers.
Pro Bono Portal features
How the Pro Bono Portal is leading to more people getting better legal help
Our design and development philosophy
Our approach to product design pairs the best practices of leading technology companies with a relentless focus on public good and driving social impact. As a charity, we are committed to making decisions that are impact-first. We are accountable to the users and beneficiaries of products, not to shareholders or investors.
This approach ensures an inclusive design process, and results in products that really work.
With help from PILnet, we’ve already consulted with clearinghouses and law firms around the world, and we’ll continue to include the users of the system in our product development and iterations.
What current users are saying about our portal
We strongly support this thoughtful, design-led approach to harnessing technology so that we can better match unmet legal need with pro bono resources.
It has been really good to see what else is available at Justice Connect on the Opportunity Board. This is helpful for when there is a group at the firm that wants to do more work – I can proactively look.
This is changing how we work in a good way – we’re rethinking our practice.
It was the best IT roll-out I’ve ever been part of.