In Nairobi recently, a group of fifteen African and ex-patriate lawyers formed a free legal advice centre for people unable to afford proper legal fees.
GV & CU Legal aid centre sign
SV Man arriving at office
SV & CU Clients in centre's waiting room (2 shots)
SV Man receiving registration card from receptionist
CU Filing cabinet
SV Receptionist takes file from cabinet
SV & CU Lawyer talking with client and noting down details of case (3)
SV Lawyer shakes hands with client
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Background: In Nairobi recently, a group of fifteen African and ex-patriate lawyers formed a free legal advice centre for people unable to afford proper legal fees. lawyers are expensive and the cost of living is high in Nairobi. The city's poor cannot afford even the simplest legal advice.
The new scheme, which is backed by the Kenyan government, is intended to handle the simple cases that usually need little more than advice or a letter written, Such cases would have cost anything form GBP 6 (14 dollars) to GBP 30 (72 dollars) in the past. More difficult cases, which need to be handled in court, are passed to the Kenyan Law Society, which has agreed to handle them free.
The legal advice centre runs int he evenings from 5.30 pm to 9.0 pm. Each evening there are five lawyers on duty. Each one does three evenings a week. The centre is extremely short of money. For the moment the lawyers have to use a empty school room for premises. The administration work must be done by volunteers. To be really effective, the group feel they need one lawyer to be permanently employed by the centre and that the centre should have proper premises.