Thursday, 5 November 2009 12:49 AM

Lawyers do give free advice

Dear Editor,

Allow me space in your column to make some contribution to Aokeman's article, "Lawyers do give free advice". Mr. Aokeman has brought up an interesting point about the issue of "Pro Bono". I have read through Mr. Tata Walahe's article and he has deferred from Mr. Smith's assertion about the article written by Mr.Makabo and Mr. Rarumae.

Mr. Walahe, in his article mentioned something like this; "lawyers are just like doctors and accountants who work for their bread and butter. If you want advice, you pay them". In general, one can argue that lawyers are just like doctors and accountants. That's a general presumption. If Mr. Walahe takes his time to study the nature of the professions in question, they are not distinguishable as he suggested. Lawyers are regarded as a noble profession. This is why lawyers are guided by ethical rules. At this time, this is not my ground of argument.

However, I want to contribute to Mr. Aokeman's article on the Pro Bono issue. 'Pro Bono' or 'pro bono publico' or 'for the public good', means the provision of free legal assistance to the community. In some cases free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. And it is part of the ethical ideal of service to the community, and, at its best, it is altruistic, disinterested service that overrides the lawyer's concern with running a business. Pro bono assistance may also extend to cases which raise wider issues of public interest, and this often refer to as "Public advocacy". There may be certain clients such Charitable and community organizations for which the lawyer is required to provide free legal advices. In some cases, the lawyer may reduce his fees when giving legal advice.

I think pro bono assistance should be given to Mrs. Kaueha as to why judges reach their decisions in relation to sexual offences. And I am sure any lawyer of such a noble profession will never decline to give free legal advice to organizations like the Nation

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