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To strengthen coordination and networking of LASPs, harmonisation and standardisation of legal aid service provision by the different service providers, lobbying and advocacy to facilitate a favourable legal and policy environment.

LASPNET HOSTS NEW UGANDA LAW SOCIETY COUNCIL

The new Uganda Law Society Executive Council led by the President, Mr. Simon Peter Kinobe paid a courtesy visit to LASPNET to discuss possible areas of partnership in order to enhance the rule of law and legal aid accessibility.

 The meeting which was held on 24th April 2018 at the LASPNET Secretariat saw both teams deliberating on a number of issues ranging from corruption in the judiciary; advocacy for the enactment of the National Legal Aid Policy and Law; and the Administration of Justice Bill; to improving the pro-bono scheme; as well as engaging universities to promote Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms among upcoming advocates.

Mr. Samuel Herbert Nsubuga, the LASPNET Board Chairperson congratulated the new council upon their election. He remarked that the meeting would lay strategies on how to take forward the existing partnership created by the outgoing ULS council under the Coalition on the Independence of the Judiciary (CIJI. He applauded the ULS President and his team for the visit and pledged LASPNET’s support during their tenure.                                         

Through his slogan Building Bridges for the betterment of society, Mr. Kinobe called on advocates to provide meaningful services to the neediest. He further shared that the council had met with the Attorney General to discuss the national legal aid policy and they were assured that it was a government priority. The President therefore called for the need to push for its passing because it is a basic human right. “Justice is pertinent and core to the existence of humans. The need for legal aid has never been more eminent than it is now”, he stressed. He also shared the toll-free helplines 0800100150 and 0800100151 through which the public can report errant advocates, cases of torture, violations and abuse of the rule of law and impunity.