By Claire Wanja
The Attorney General has urged the Law Society of Kenya to assist in streamlining the legal profession that has in the recent past been marred by unethical conduct of lawyers.
Professor Githu Muigai was speaking Tuesday morning when he received a delegation from the Law Society of Kenya who paid him a courtesy call.
He stated it was important to the LSK to be proactive and reassure the members of the public that all discipline cases against errant lawyers were dispensed off expeditiously.
He lamented the high number of public complaints leveled against lawyers stating that it had significantly dented the image of highly esteemed profession.
“You need to be very proactive in handling all the disciplinary cases lodged against members of the legal profession. All these cases of errant lawyers must be handled properly and expeditiously. There is urgent need to reassure the public that this is still an honorable profession,” the Attorney General told the lawyers.
The Government Advisor further observed that lawyers in the country continued to charge exorbitant fees that were tantamount to abuse and disrespect of the public and clients.
“You also must realize that the public has very little faith in lawyers. The fees charged are astronomical and beyond the reach of the disadvantaged in society,” Professor Muigai stated. The Advocates Remuneration Amendment Order of 2014 provides guidance of the fees chargeable by the lawyers. Some of the legal fees charged by some lawyers in the country have been considered as being amongst the highest in the world.
LSK President Mr. Isaac Okero affirmed commitment to lend support to the legal aid mechanism which provides legal aid to the disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the society.
The society further confirmed that modalities were at an advanced stage to allow state counsel (advocates in government service) to participate in LSK activities and training programs.
Mr. Okero reiterated the importance of streamlining the legal profession by establishing a stipulated quota for admission for legal training on an annual basis in abide to regulate the admission process in colleges. Queries have in the past been raised on the declining standards in the legal profession.