KITUO CHA SHERIA AT THE LSK LEGAL AWARENESS WEEK 2019
Kituo Cha Sheria took part in the LSK legal awareness week 2019 at the Milimani Law Courts from the 28th October 2019 till Friday; the 1st November 2019. Kituo cha Sheria- KITUO had been invited by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to participate in the annual LSK Legal awareness week. The event took place from the 28th October 2019 to 1st November 2019. The theme of the said Legal awareness week being “Eradicating Gender Based Violence- A focus on Mental Health”. The week’s events started off with speeches on Monday, 28th October 2019 with speakers speaking on this year’s theme-“Eradicating Gender Based Violence- A focus on Mental Health”. KITUO thereafter set up tent strategically ready to receive clients who presented various legal issues to the legal officers present. Legal officers, legal interns, legal assistants, RCKM personnel, Forced Migration Program and volunteer advocates attended the legal awareness week. Throughout the five (5) days KITUO was able to showcase its innovative SMS technology known as M-Haki, that allows where members of the public to text legal question at no fee. The questions are responded to by Volunteer advocates and Kituo lawyers. Kituo also recruited Volunteer Advocates into the VA scheme- 50 new advocates joined KITUO’s scheme with majority of the advocates based in Nairobi County but we also registered advocates from other towns like Nanyuki, Machakos, Kajiado, Ngong, Kiambu and Kilungu. 30 clients were served with the legal issues presented including Family/Maintenance; Succession; Labour; Human rights; Divorce/Family; Land; Civil; Business Disputes; General Legal Inquiries; Medical Negligence and Criminal matters. The week-long activity was successful as clients were received, screened and advised on the spot while some of the new clients were referred to Volunteer advocates. The annual LSK legal Awareness week comprises of various activities geared towards promoting access to justice, advocating pro bono legal services and legal aid. The Legal Expo saw Kituo join other organizations in showcasing their work and role played in the advancement of legal literacy and advocacy.
For the entire week Kituo lawyers were stationed at the event where they were offering pro bono services to clients. Kituo’s Mombasa Office also took part in this annual activity in Mombasa at the Mombasa Law Courts.