Kituo Cha Sheria participated at the Law Society of Kenya Legal Awareness Week 2016 held from Monday, 26th September to Friday, 30th September 2016 at the Milimani and Mombasa Law Courts. This year’s theme was, “Improving access to justice through the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)”.
The acting Supreme court President Judge Mohammed Ibrahim opened this year’s awareness week and called on Kenyans to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to help ease pressure on the country’s legal system. Kituo Board of Directors Chair Anthony Mulekyo and member John Chigiti represented Kituo at the opening ceremony. Speaking at the function Advocate Mulekyo noted access to justice is a fundamental right enshrined in the Kenyan constitution and the government is now expected to fund legal aid as per the Legal Aid Act 2016.
Kituo’s advocates from the Legal Aid and Education Department (LAED) devotedly sat at the 2 stations to offer free legal advice to the public. About 200 clients received legal advice on land cases, succession, human rights violations, and employment issues among others in Nairobi and Mombasa. The objective of the Legal Awareness Week is to extend legal literacy and awareness to members of the public by providing an opportunity of engagement with lawyers.
Speaking at the close of the activities, LAED coordinator Ms. Rhoda Maina said that the week had been a success with the public receiving pro bono legal services and legal aid as well as showcasing our work to them. The week also saw 37 advocates recruited into Kituo’s volunteer advocate scheme.