Community legal service employees and volunteers - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Community legal service employees and volunteers

A community legal service is a ‘law practice’ within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

Practising certificates – employees

Employees of community legal services who engage in legal practice must hold an employee or principal practising certificate, as with any other law practice.

Each community legal service must employ a supervising lawyer who must hold a principal practising certificate.

Practising certificates – lawyers who volunteer

An Australian legal practitioner may engage in legal practice as a volunteer at a community legal service on any type of practising certificate. For example holders of a corporate practising certificate may engage in legal practice as a volunteer at a community legal service.

A lawyer who wishes to practise only as a volunteer at a community legal service may apply for a practising certificate which authorises legal practice on a volunteer or pro bono basis. There is no fee for such a practising certificate.

Further information on registration and professional indemnity insurance requirements for community legal services is available from the Community legal services page.

Last modified December 16, 2015.