(ZIZ News) — Legal professionals took time out their usual busy schedules Tuesday to hold consultations with clients free of charge.
Pro Bono Day formed part of the activities organized by the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association for Law Week 2014.
Four legal professionals joined Eboni Brandon during Monday’s edition of The Round Table, where the significance of Law Week was addressed.
Member of the Organizing Committee for Law Week, Jihan Williams said the Pro Bono Day is lawyers’ way of giving back to the community.
“There will be some learning attorneys who will be volunteering their times to speak with members of the public for free. So it’s an opportunity for persons to go and get legal advice, speak to persons about perhaps some legal issues; you need help strategizing about some legal issues you may be experiencing, this is a fabulous opportunity and it’s a great way for the bar association to give back to the community as well,” she explained.
Another Member of the Organizing Committee, Arud Gossai said the highlight of Law Week will be a mock trial by law students attending the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.
“It’s going to be presided over by one of our learning Queen’s Council, Dr. Henry Browne and it will be a criminal trial. So that will entail the students at the CFBC, they will act as attorneys for defence, for the prosecution, as jurors, as registrar, they will perform everything as though it’s a regular trial. We have attorneys working with those students; four of our colleagues are working with the defence team and the prosecution team so we believe that’s going to be good for the students, to introduce them into what they’re studying for.”
Ms. Williams also outlined some of the other activities scheduled for this week.
“They will also be visiting a home for the elderly in Nevis and making presentations there. And on Friday, we have our very coveted “Lawyers Can Cook” cooking competition, so it seems like there’s going to be some very stiff competition going on there. The lawyers and staff of legal offices as well get the opportunity to come out and show off their culinary skills.”
A similar pro bono exercise is scheduled for Nevis on Thursday November 27th at the Red Cross Building.