, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga now says recent attacks directed at some court decisions by senior members of the society stem from lack of knowledge on how the Judiciary functions.
Mutunga says as the Law Society of Kenya continues to offer legal assistance aid to the indigent and powerless, it should also extend the services to the powerful.
“Legal awareness appears lowest among holders of public offices, thus requiring the LSK to urgently expand its legal awareness programmes to the elite as well,” he said.
The Chief Justice was speaking on Monday during the launch of a week legal awareness for over 7,000 lawyers in the country at the Milimani Law Courts.
“Civic education is required both for the masses as it is for the elite. Recent attacks on the Judiciary suggest that the elite do not understand how court processes work, or if they do, they still need to be educated on why they need to respect those same processes,” he said.
“Those who hold public office must be reminded that momentary ego trips against the Constitution and the law often produce expensive errors.”
LSK Chairman Erick Mutua said 40 lawyers were expected on Monday to kick off the initiative by offering free legal services to the public.
“Once we give you advice, it’s upon you to either – if you are able – instruct a counsel for that purpose; if you are not able, we as LSK will allocate one of our lawyers who undertake pro bono services,” he stated.
LSK is spearheading the initiative that targets members of the public who cannot afford legal fees in seeking justice in the courts.
Rose Wairimu who has been unable to seek justice for an accident involving her son in 1995 is among Kenyans who turned up to seek the free legal service.
“The case has been held up since Moi and Kibaki eras. I hope that I will get justice under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s era,” a teary Wairimu said.