The Liberia National Bar Association in collaboration with the Legal Professional and Anti-corruption Development program with support from USAID has ended a week-long county tour in Bong County.
Speaking an interview with The Monrovia Times in the County, the Legal Aid Manager at the Liberia National Bar Association, Atty. Bendu Kpoto said the tour was intended to create awareness on the usage of the legal aid clinic in the County.
Atty. Kpoto revealed that the Legal Clinic was established by the LNBA with the aimed of providing free legal services for party litigants who cannot afford legal fees.
She said Bong County is the third county to benefit from this pilot project initiated by the LNBA with help from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Legal Professional Development & Anti-Corruption Program in Liberia (LPACE).
According to Bindu Kpoto the Legal Aid Clinic program is being established in five Counties in Liberia, noting that the LNBA wants to ensure speedy justice system in the country.
She further said if the Justice system must improve the Bar must take the lead through Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The Liberia National Bar Association Legal Aid Clinic Manager told citizens in Bong County that the legal aid clinic has come closer to their doorsteps, asking them to take advantage of the program.
Atty. Kpoto says the clinic has is not only involved in taking people to court but noted that pro bono lawyers assigned at the facility are handling family and property issues as well as some minor criminal cases in the County.
“We visited schools in the County, namely Dolokelen Gboveh High, St. Martin High, Methodist High and the St. Lutheran High School. Our aim for visiting these schools is because we want the students too to understand the work of the LNBA and the Legal Aid Clinic in the county. We also share our contact with citizens and students, if they want to know much about the legal aid clinic in the county.