Masindi: 200 Vulnerable Persons Get Free Legal Services

sick geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Among the law firms that turned up were; Kasangaki and Company Advocates, nurse Lubega Babu and Company Advocates, Musinguzi and Company Advocates, Tugume Byensi and Company Advocates, Kagwa and Company Advocates, LDC Clinic Masindi, Oceng and Alimu Omugaso Company Advocates Kampala Legal Aid Clinic Masindi, Uganda Aids Women Network, among others.

Jessie Byaruhanga, the Chief Magistrate of Masindi, said Pro Bono services have enabled to reduce congestion in Masindi government prison, reduced back log of cases in Masindi magisterial court due to presence of lawyers.

“We should be grateful to the government for providing free legal services, however, there are some challenges like language barrier which hinders effective communication between lawyers and clients, legal aid having inadequate funds and staffing and failure by complainants to make follow up for their cases,” Byaruhanga said.

He thought of looking for more funds to hire more court clerks, engaging private lawyers to help vulnerable to access free legal services, complainants transporting their witnesses and giving true information to lawyers as some of the solutions to solve the above challenges.

Moses Tugume of Tugume Byansi and Company Advocates, advises complainants to settle their grievances out of court.


Tugume stressing his point

“Involve lawyers in whatever you do. Most people want to involve lawyers when pursuing cases in court. Use lawyers when you are buying land and all transactions you are doing because it simplifies everything when conflict arises,” he advised.

Stella Nalule, a Clerk with Legal Aid Clinic Masindi, said on average, they register 35 cases daily that ranges from family issue, land wrangles, criminal cases, and employment cases among others.

She says though Legal Aid Clinic was established in 2005, provision of Pro Bono services started in 2008 and over 300 case files have been handled and completed.

Nalule disclosed that currently, they are handling over 100 cases which were allocated to different law firms.

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