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2023 Lawyer Referral Service Recruitment

January 26, 2023

2023 Lawyer Referral Service Registration Form

As part of our 2023 recruitment drive for our Lawyer Referral Service, the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling on practicing lawyers in Newfoundland and Labrador to consider registering for this important service this year. The Lawyer Referral Service provides Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with the opportunity to obtain summary legal advice from practicing lawyers at a reduced cost. In 2022, PLIAN received over 4,000 inquiries from the public, covering a wide range of legal topics including family law, wills and estates matters, criminal law, labour and employment, residential tenancies, civil litigation, and many others. While not strictly a pro bono service, the Lawyer Referral Service is an opportunity for lawyers to help increase and promote access to justice in the province.

Lawyers who register with the Referral Service agree to provide an initial 30-minute consultation to individuals referred by PLIAN at a flat cost of $40 (with taxes included). If there is a conflict of interest or if the referral is otherwise deemed improper, we ask that the individual be referred back to PLIAN to receive another referral.

There is no expectation of providing any services beyond summary legal advice during this initial consultation period, such as the completion of legal documents or representation in court. There is no obligation for the lawyer to continue working with the individual beyond the initial 30-minute consultation, nor for the individual to retain the lawyer.

To register for the Lawyer Referral Service, please download and complete the registration form at the top of this page, and email it to info@publiclegalinfo.com at your convenience. We aim to allow as much flexibility as possible for your participation in the Lawyer Referral Service. In addition to selecting the areas of law in which you are open to receiving referrals, lawyers can restrict how many referrals they receive each week and can place other restrictions on their participation in the service.

We have also included a question intended to gauge interest in participating in future legal clinics facilitated by PLIAN. We will contact interested lawyers about opportunities to participate in legal clinics as they are organized. Please note that some of these clinics will be held on a volunteer basis, while others may include compensation for participating lawyers.

If you have questions about the Lawyer Referral Service, legal clinics, or any of the work carried out by the Public Legal Information Association throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, I would encourage you to reach out to me by email at director@publiclegalinfo.com or by phone at 709-722-4745.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and for your consideration of participation in the Lawyer Referral Service.