Consider Free Legal Services to the Poor – Lawyers urged

The Chief Justice has asked lawyers to consider providing free services to people who do not have money.

This, she said, would go a long way to create room for them to have their concerns legally addressed.

Ms Justice Sophia Abena Akuffo said this when she addressed 38 newly qualified lawyers who were called to the Bar on Friday.

They comprised 13 females and 25 males.

“I urge you to offer “pro bono” services to people who cannot afford to pay legal fees but still need your help.

“You should also remain resolute in the face of any challenges, as well have regard for the Rule of Law and contribute greatly to its sustainability in the country,” she stated.

The Chief Justice, however, cautioned family members, friends and other relations of the new lawyers to refrain from pushing them into what she described as “an untenable situation.”

“Legal and professional conduct should guide you in your practice: for you stand to pay a high price when you breach them.

“The General Legal Council and its Disciplinary Committee would not spare anyone who indulges in offensive or unprofessional conduct,” she warned.

Source: Castro Zangina-Tong || Ghanaian Times 

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