The Luzerne County Pro Bono Program is a newly initiated program run by the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association’s Pro Bono Committee. The pro bono’s services are only for people with little or no income. Because the Luzerne County Pro Bono program is newly established, our focus is primarily on landlord/tenant cases. Those with other legal issues should first contact the other organizations listed below.
If you need free legal assistance in Luzerne County, you can apply for Luzerne County Pro Bono services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Facebook.
In addition to Luzerne County Pro Bono, the following organizations also provide free legal assistance to low income people in Luzerne County:
CRIMINAL CASES: Luzerne County Pro Bono does not handle criminal cases. Instead, you may qualify for representation with the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office located at Penn Place Building, 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. The telephone number is (570)825-1754. The application for the Public Defender’s Office can be found here in (English) and (Spanish) and for juvenile cases.
CIVIL CASES: North Penn Legal Services (also called “North Penn”): For those who qualify, North Penn provides free lawyers for many different types of civil cases. You can apply online here or call their toll free number (877)953-4250. Additionally, North Penn has two locations in Luzerne County: Pittston Office, 33 N. Main St., Suite 200, Pittston, PA 18640-1949. The phone number is (570)299-4100. This covers Luzerne, Lackawanna, Sullivan and Wyoming Counties. The Hazleton Office is located at 101 W. Broad St., Suite 713, Hazleton, PA 18201-6303. The phone number is (570)455-9512 and covers Luzerne and Carbon counties.
Victims Resource Center: (570)823-0765
Mental Health Justice Project (a project of The Advocacy Alliance): (877)315-6855
Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging (Senior Citizens Only): (570)822-1158
Senior Law Helpline: (877)727-7529
Domestic Violence Service Center: (570)823-7312 or toll free at 1-800-424-5600
OTHER RESOURCES: Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office at PaLawHelp.org.
For people who are able to pay for the services of an attorney and/or have a fee generating case, but need help finding an attorney may call the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at (570)822-6029.