Paremoremo Pro Bono Advice Scheme

For over twenty years former ADLS Council member and Takapuna Lawyer William Spring has organised a roster of volunteer lawyers who visit Auckland Prison at Paremoremo near Albany. This scheme is also known as the Prison Roster. William has recently transferred the administration and guardianship of the Roster to the ADLS.

The Roster poses every imaginable legal and non-legal question so no special legal knowledge is required – indeed the Roster is like a Citizens Advice Bureau where anything can arise on the day.  Some days you may merely witness documents, other days you might refer the person on to a legal aid lawyer that handles parole matters. The answer is that the lawyer needs to be able to analyse the issues and be honest in suggesting a way forward. That may be to advise the inmate that they don’t know the answer and need to refer it to a friend or colleague who can assist. On occasions a lawyer may be prepared to obtain an answer and send the information in a letter. It is recommended that volunteer practitioners are at least 3 years PQE.

Rostered lawyers visit either the maximum security prison (East Division) or the medium security (West Division) and provide free legal advice to inmates. Each volunteer attends a couple of times per year and each visit is about an hour in duration. These visits are scheduled for Wednesday afternoons but the date and timing of the visits is flexible.

This is a very worthwhile and rewarding initiative which relies upon the willingness of practitioners to volunteer their time and expertise.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Jodi Libbey at Jodi.libbey@adls.org.nz