The New Zealand Ministry of Justice has funded NZ’s first pro-bono portal, connecting lawyers with people in need of legal assistance. Te Ara Ture is New Zealand’s first pro-bono legal service aimed at helping Kiwi’s who cannot normally afford to enlist the help of legal professionals. The software takes referrals from the community and through the portal matches legal matters with legal service providers.
So far 200 lawyers have signed up to receive referrals, but this number is expected to grow and the portal matures. Many of the referrals are coming through from community law centres as the portal grows in popularity.