An $88 million injection to legal aid will benefit vulnerable communities and drought-stricken farmers, the Law Society of NSW says.
NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman on Friday announced the state government funding, to be spread over four years.
Law Society of NSW President Elizabeth Espinosa said regional solicitors were well aware of the drought's impact on rural communities and often worked cases for free.
She said the funding will be used to lure more lawyers to legal aid work, and enables Legal Aid NSW to increase the hourly rates paid to lawyers.
Hourly rates for solicitors will progressively rise from $150 to $195 in 2023/24.
"At a time when the entire state is in the grips of drought, when farmers, rural communities and regional businesses are grappling with many distinct challenges as a result of this drought, this funding will also ensure much-needed access to legal assistance in our state," Ms Espinosa said in a statement.
Mr Speakman said Legal Aid NSW relies on private lawyers in about 70 per cent of all cases.
"In regional areas that number rises to 80 per cent," Mr Speakman said.
"This injection of funding will enable greater access to legal representation for disadvantaged people and help create a more sustainable system for small country law firms supporting communities through the worst drought in a century."