Ghanaians advised to patronise Legal Aid services


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Mr Alhassan Yahaya Seini, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Scheme (LAS), said a large number of people were remanded in prison custody because of lack of proper defenses.

By Kamara Osman
Faisal, GNA

Tamale, Aug. 19,
GNA – Mr Alhassan Yahaya Seini, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Scheme
(LAS), said a large number of people were remanded in prison custody because of
lack of proper defenses.

“People are
convicted not because they are wrong or right but because they fail to present
their defenses in a right manner to be recognised by the court for proper
conviction,” he said.

Mr Seini made the
statement at a consultative and network meeting of Legal Aid Service providers
held in Tamale on Wednesday as a means to foster and maintain working
relationship with socially and financially disadvantaged clients.

He said a survey
conducted last year by the LAS showed that 66 per cent of Ghanaians were
unaware of the existence of Legal Aid Scheme and that its functioning had not
been effective as it should in the country.

He said the
profession lacked adequate logistics and infrastructure which had accounted for
the inability to provide adequate Legal Aid services to socially and
financially disadvantaged clients in the country.

Mr Awudu Issah
Mahmuda, the Northern Regional Director of the Service, said the LAS should
discuss and establish a referral mechanism to minimise duplication of efforts
and ensure optimum use of all resources.

He said the LAS and
the Alternative Dispute Resolution should network to ensure optimum service
delivery to benefit the poor and disadvantaged.

GNA


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