Pro Bono Rules
Pro Bono Law Ontario is mandated to improve access to justice in Ontario by providing strategic guidance, training, and technical assistance to law firms, law associations, and other groups that are dedicated to addressing the unmet legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals, as well as the communities and charitable organizations that serve them.
PBLO engages all areas of the legal profession to encourage support for this mandate as well as to address barriers to pro bono participation and increase the capacity of the private bar to engage in organized pro bono programming.
PBLO has developed pro bono projects that take into account lawyers' areas of expertise and their busy schedules. Moreover, LawPRO has extended added insurance coverage benefits to lawyers volunteering through PBLO. Click here for more information about LawPRO coverage for Pro Bono Law Ontario.
The Law Society's Rules of Professional Conduct provide incentives that facilitate the practice of pro bono for lawyers who are retired, work part time, or work as corporate counsel if designated in the 25% or 50% (non-practising) fee categories or emeritus category. These lawyers can apply to the Law Society to be exempt from the requirement to pay 100% of the Law Society's annual fee (mirroring the LAWPRO insurance levy exemption for non-practising lawyers who provide LAWPRO-approved PBLO pro bono legal services.)
Best Practices Manual (Download)
Thinking about starting a pro bono project? The PBLO Best Practices Manual is a resource manual for pro bono projects. It provides guidelines for pro bono projects that will help ensure services are delivered effectively, efficiently and in accordance with the appropriate professional standards. In order for a project to be considered an Approved PBLO Project (and benefit from LawPro insurance coverage) a project must adhere to these best practices.