(ZIZ News)– Attorney-at-law, Jonell Powell will offer a free legal clinic at his Central Basseterre constituency office on Saturday 15th November.
According to Mr. Powell the legal clinic designed to help those in need of legal advice, but may not be able to afford the cost of a consultation.
“It is the second of what I hoped to be a regular initiative whereby I have gotten a number o f lawyers to commit time to come and provide legal advice on consultation to, in this case, constituents of Central Basseterre in particular,” he said. “I, as a lawyer, do recognize that legal fees can be quite expensive and right now a lot of people just, through the course of life, have various legal issues that need to be addressed, and just can’t afford to see a lawyer and as an attorney who has taken an oath, we do have an obligation to do so much pro bono work and I think that this is a very good opportunity for me to do so.”
He added that the usual privacy and confidentiality expected in an attorney/client relationship will be extended to those visiting the legal clinic. Powell also explained that the lawyers will only be offering advice, not court representation.
The lawyers who come in are not providing court representation…strictly consultation and advice. The sessions will be one-on-one. The client/constituent with their attorneys. It is completely private and confidential. The same privileges that apply in a lawyer’s office apply here. And we just hope that as happened in the first instance that we did a few months ago, that the response is overwhelming. And that people can come and really take advantage of it. It’s just another way of reaching out and trying to help persons in situations where financially they’re restricted,” he said.
The clinic, which will run from 10am to 3pm, while geared toward the constituents of Central Basseterre, is open to all residents of St. Kitts And Nevis.
Jonell Powell is the People’s Action Movement candidate for constituency number two, Central Basseterre.