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Pro Bono Work: Personal Support Unit

Date:24 APR 2015
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This article was originally published in the December issue of Family Law at [2014] Fam Law 1765 and has been made available free of charge. It has been updated by the authors since its original publication.

The Personal Support Unit (PSU) is a charity which recruits and trains volunteers to give free independent assistance to people facing proceedings without legal representation in civil and family courts and tribunals. Our core volunteers give two days a month as a minimum and come from all walks of life – but tend to be retired and have had some form of professional career where communication skills are essential. Our students while training for the bar or to be solicitors give a minimum of 20 days during the year of their course. So it’s an energetic and creative mix.

Without giving legal advice volunteers work with litigants in person providing emotional support and helping them establish for themselves what might be the next best step to pursue their...

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