The Sierra Leone Bar Association will on 11th May 2009, launch the long awaited Legal Aid Scheme at the British Council Auditorium at Tower Hill in Freetown.
The main thrust of the scheme is to provide free legal services to indigent citizens who do not have the means to pay legal fees in pursuit of justice. The Sierra Leone Bar Association initiative will provide free legal aid to persons who cannot afford private legal services but do have legal grounds to seek justice in a court of law.
The initiative will also offer legal and professional advice on legal matters and also present papers in conferences bordering on legal or constitutional issues.
The scheme will render help to deserving accused persons who do not have legal representatives to conduct their defences, and at the same time intervene in cases involving persons remanded in prison without an expeditious trial.
The Sierra Leone Bar Association has a functional secretariat located at No. 11 Lamina Sankoh Street in Freetown from where the scheme will be implemented.
Plans are currently being worked out for regional branches to be established, so as to extend the opportunity to citizens upcountry.
The scheme comprises of 15 legal practitioners, 12 in Freetown and one each in Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
It will be launched by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abdul Serry Kamal.
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