Free legal advice offered by lawyers

Annual event helps raise awareness and pledge support for province's pro bono legal aid programs.

Lawyers will set up at the Rose Garden in City Park on Tuesday to offer free legal advice.

The pro bono legal assistance sessions in Kelowna along with similar events in Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria, are intended to raise awareness and funding for the province’s pro bono legal aid programs.

The free legal ‘advice-a-thon’ will facilitate access to justice for low- and modest-income people, including the homeless, by engaging lawyers in advising pre-scheduled and drop-in clients on all legal issues.

The open-air legal advice clinics  rely on the volunteer efforts of more than 100 lawyers. Participating lawyers will be encouraged to obtain pledges from family, friends and co-workers in direct support of pro bono programs operated by Access Pro Bono.

The Kelowna legal session will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Drop-ins are welcome but those interested in talking to a lawyer are advised to come early as people will be dealt with on a first-come basis.