Law Society of Kenya lawyers to offer free legal services

Kenyans will this week receive free legal services from more than 7,000 lawyers countrywide as part of the annual Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Legal Awareness Week.

The pro-bono services by lawyers registered with LSK will start today (Monday) and end on Friday. It will focus on land cases, succession, family law, criminal law, employment, accident compensation and refugee protection among others.

In a statement yesterday from LSK announcing the week-long exercise, the free services will be offered at their office branches in Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru, Machakos and Nakuru among others.

"LSK has a mandate to advise and assist members of the legal profession, Government and the public on all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya," said Chief Executive Officer Apollo Mboya.

"Several other organisations involved in legal work will also be present to showcase their services towards promoting better public understanding of the role lawyers play in the advancement of legal literacy and advocacy," he added.

Mr Mboya pointed out that many citizens still cannot access justice despite provisions of Article 48 of the Constitution that the State shall ensure access to justice for all.