President Edgar Lungu challenges lawyers over legal costs

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"True wealth will only be measured by the legacy we will leave behind for those we assisted and inspired. Where the practitioners themselves see a threat from within, with the rise in the number of those admitted to the highly sought out bar and the inevitable rise of unemployment of advocates targeting the already scarce conventional legal jobs." – Mr Lungu

LAWYERS should see an opportunity to establish a mechanism for pro-bono services that meet challenges before they occur, President Edgar Lungu has said.

Mr Lungu said this should be done once lawyers notice ineffective safe guards for the guarantee and protection of minority rights among others.

He urged the legal profession and jurists in the Commonwealth to take up the mantle and view challenges as opportunities for growth and furtherance of the rule of law.

He was speaking yesterday during the official opening of the 21st Commonwealth Lawyers Law Conference in Livingstone dubbed: "The rule of law in retreat? Challenges for the modern Commonwealth."

The conference has attracted legal practitioners from all the 53-member countries of the Commonwealth and Chief Justices from more than five countries with over 600 delegates from across the globe.

Chief Justice

Irene Mambilima and Commonwealth Secretary- General Patricia Scotland are also attending the conference which is being held for the first time in Zambia.

President Lungu urged lawyers in Zambia to operationalise the Legal Aid Policy recently formulated by the government.


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