The Poor Need Pro Bono Legal Services

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Over the years, the practice of law has been left to the regime of a group of people commonly referred to as lawyers. Though the term may vary from place to place or jurisdiction, the same has a general meaning to refer to those who have studied law. Further it is left to the jurisdiction’s discretion to determine how they are to grant one the status of being a lawyer either through education, certification amongst other means that different jurisdictions apply to afford such a status. In the provision of their services, over the years, the lawyers have come to appreciate the fact that some of their potential clients lack the capacity to pay for those services. This has led to a rise of what is termed as pro bono services. These services are offered professionally without a fee. Safe for pro bono services where the accused is incapacitated to raise legal fees, he or she can plea to the court to provide offer pauper briefs. In this scenario, the court exempts the applicant, once proved to be a pauper from court fees. Over the years, debate has been waged with reference to the provision of pro bono services. Such debates have raged on with reference as to whether the services should be offered or not. Arguments have also been waged with reference of where the services are to be offered and the criteria that should be used to determine the same. However, the arguments have generally been for and against the provision of the same. The provision of pro bono service according to those who argue in its favor view is a source and means of offering justice to the economically disadvantaged. They argue that by having advocates offer pro bono services, the unfortunate members of the society have a chance of having justice manifeste... ... middle of paper ... ...e corporate responsibility that is demanded of corporations to the community it deems to operate in. Reflection All that needs to be said having been done so to stress the importance of pro bono services would be understating it. There is need to not only support its implementation by word of mouth but also through funding. Class actions, legal clinics, advertisements are just some of the ways that the same can be revamped in an effort to ensure the continuity and the serving of justice to the entire society. Works Cited Daniel, Lowenstein, and Waggoner Michael. "Neighborhood Law Offices: The New Wave In Legal Services For The Poor." Harvard Law Review 80.4 (Academic Search Premier, 1967): 805. EBSCO. Web. 19 May 2011. Pound, Roscoe. "Justice And The Poor." Harvard Law Review 33.4 (Academic Search Premier. EBSCO, 1920): 621-626. Web. 19 May 2011.
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