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Lawyers support Lagos pro bono scheme

05 May 2014, 13:28

Lagos - About 120 law firms have signed up for Lagos State Government’s pro bono legal service aimed at providing free legal service for the poor and less privileged residents of the state.

Speaking at a forum, Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Ade Ipaye, said that response to the scheme had been positive.

The state last month expanded the scheme by encouraging private law firms to sign up for the initiative.

 “We are excited that more lawyers are now joining our pro bono service initiative. In the last one month, about 120 law firms have signed up for the programme. We believe that with this kind of response, cases of injustices caused by lack of legal representation will now be properly addressed,” he said.

Ipaye also noted that the state was working on a policy that would make it mandatory for every law firm in the state to undertake pro bono case.

He said when the policy eventually comes into place, every lawyer taking up any government brief must have put in some years in pro bono service.

Ipaye said that with more lawyers joining the initiative, the state would now be able to address cases of injustices occasioned by lack of legal representation.

– CAJ News

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