Legal clinic gets positive response

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE PRO-BONO legal clinic launched by the Council on Social Welfare (MKM) has taken on more than 30 clients since its establishment in March 2013.

The number of underprivileged seeking access to justice is growing, said Nur Judy Abdullah, MKM’s vice-president.

“The number of clients increased specifically from single mothers who have varied domestic issues, such as spousal abuse, child custody from divorce cases and property disputes,” she told The Brunei Times yesterday.

MKM has also provided legal advice to migrant workers facing issues such as on non-payment of salary and delayed payment.

“MKM has liaised with relevant authorities to look further into the situation and most have been properly addressed,” said Nur Judy.

The NGO partners with two law firms - Sankaran Halim and Ibrahim Al-Haj & Company - to run the weekly legal clinic. The clinic offers a range of legal advisory services, and some deserving cases are taken up to court litigation pro bono.

“We get them to understand they do have rights, help them fill out the forms, facilitate access to law firms because they lack information on how to do that,” said Nur Judy.

The MKM legal clinic runs every Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm at the Sankaran Halim office in Berakas and from 6pm to 9pm at the Youth Centre in the capital.

To be eligible for services at the legal clinic, the client must have an average family income of less than $400 per month when divided by the total number of individuals in the family.

The Brunei Times