Legal practitioners encouraged to embrace a pro bono culture
The President, HE Dr Hage Geingob recently encouraged legal practitioners in the country to restore the nobility of the profession through embracing a pro bono culture.
Geingob said this during a virtual opening of the 2022 Legal Year held in Windhoek, noting that the last two years have been very difficult owing to adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic front of the society and the administration of justice, particularly the court processes have been affected in one way or another.
According to Geingob legal practitioners also need to hold each other accountable and serve the Namibian people with dignity and diligence to use the law as a tool to enhance social
“Access to legal services and justice are important anchors to promoting and fulfilling the right to a fair trial as provided for in the Namibian constitution and our collective consciousness dictates that we all do our part,” he said.
Geingob furthermore said the administration of justice remains an integral component of the country’s governance architecture.
“As a nation whose citizens engaged in a bitter war against colonialism and racism, our objective was not only to win freedom but to ensure that those who had been shackled by the chains of discrimination and oppression now enjoy the fruits of equality and justice,” he added.