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Ugandan Lawyers Celebrate Annual Pro Bono Day

Lawyers under their umbrella body of Uganda Law society have today held events in various parts of the country to celebrate the Annual Pro Bono day.

This year’s event has been held at various courts in observance of the covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Pro Bono in the judiciary and law sphere refers to legal services offered to a client, especially one who cannot afford to procure one, at no cost.

In the past years, this event has always been held at the regional level, attracting various legal practitioners from various parts of the country.

In a circular issued on Thursday December 3, 2020, by Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu, the Chief justice granted permission to all Magistrates and judges to adjourn cases involving lawyers wishing to attend the celebrations.

“The Hon Chief Justice has granted permission that Uganda Law Society sets up desks at Mengo Chief Magistrates Court and various High Court circuits of Jinja, Soroti, Arua, Masindi, Kabale, Mbarara, Fort Portal and Masaka to celebrate the day,” the circular reads in part.

The Judiciary spokesperson Jameson Karemani emphasized that this circular doesn’t mean suspension of court operations but halting of the cases where both advocates or one of them will be attending the Pro Bono event.

At this event, members of the society get a chance to interact with lawyers for legal advice or legal representation at no cost.

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