The Law Society of Kenya in conjunction with the Judiciary and other bigger law firms are working together to improve the justice, literacy and awareness mediation and alternative dispute resolution, as the LSK Legal awareness week was launched at the Milimani Law Courts Nairobi. The president of LSK, Isaac Okero mentioned that there will be free legal services and urged members of the public to turn up for the services. Services have proved to be costly and have faced delays in the past. He quoted the constitution saying, “The state shall ensure access to justice for all persons and, if any fee is required ,it shall be reasonable and shall impede access to justice”. He, therefore, called upon the practising lawyers to offer pro bono services to the Kenyans and urges the Kenyans to turn up for the services rendered.
The guest of honour Mr Ibrahim Mohammed who is the acting president of Supreme Court of Kenya officially launched the LSK Legal Awareness Week, encouraged Kenyans to take the advantage of the services of representation of legal aids. The responsibility of LSK is to make sure human rights are protected and for the public to understand the legal framework. The movement has taken other angles of solving, mediating and arbitrating of the conflicts in the country involving other experts of the matter who are not necessarily practising lawyers. He also supports the good work being done saying knowledge is power and knowledge of the law is empowerment. He also said typically, justice seems to benefit those who are well off, but according to the constitution justice shall be done and benefit everyone irrespective of the status.
Lawyers will offer free legal services at Kamiti Maximum Prison on Tuesday, and they will also extend free legal services to Industrial Area and Lang’ata Womens’ Prison during the Legal Awareness Week.