By Lincoln G. Peters
The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) has raised concern over the plight of prosecutors which has led to a strike.
LNBA president Cllr. Sylvester Rennie said over the weekend that the Bar has been engaging the relevant stakeholders for a possible resolution of the problem that prosecutors are facing.
Cllr. Rennie commented on Government’s salary harmonization policy at the judiciary and prosecutors’ strike.
The LNBA president noted that his administration has maintained its relationship with organizations and auxiliaries of the Bar to protect the interest of members of the Bar.
“We recognize the plights of our members within the National Association of Trial Judges on the harmonization of their salaries and other benefits including the Chief Justice and Associates Justices of the Supreme Court,” said Cllr. Rennie.
“This harmonization led to the filing of an action against the Government of Liberia. The Bar has already made an intervention,” he continued.
In another development, the LNBA president said over 594 persons have benefited and received pro bono legal services from the Bar’s Legal Aid Clinic.
“With the assistance of our various magisterial courts and some lawyers who are rendering pro bono service to the LNBA, about five hundred ninety-four persons received pro bono legal services during the period under review,” said Cllr. Rennie.
He said five hundred and eight six cases were criminal cases, while eight were civil cases.
According to him, the LNBA established five Legal Aid Clinics in five counties across the country to provide pro bono services to Liberians about their rights and the law.
” We are aware that the LNBA established five legal aid clinics in Liberia in the counties of Bong, Bomi, Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado.”
“Those clinics are being handled by the Legal Aid Committee of the LNBA. During the past years, these clinics received funding from USAID/Legal Profession Development and Anti-Corruption Program,” he said.
The LPAC process came to an end in October 2020 and since that time, the Legal Aid Clinic has been fully supported by the LNBA.