MKM clinic seeks more lawyers as number of cases grows

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THE Council on Social Welfare (MKM) is looking for more lawyers to volunteer with its Legal Advice and Advisory Clinic in view of its increasing clientele.

The head of the clinic, Azril Anwar, told The Brunei Times there are currently only seven lawyers from three different firms lending their time and expertise.

“The number of our volunteers has yet to see a significant increase when compared with the number of clients,” said Azril, who said more lawyers would be needed to accommodate the increasing demand for their services.

“It would be a good opportunity for the lawyers to build up their connections and networks if they volunteer with the MKM. It’s also for a good cause,” he said.

In 2015, MKM received more than 90 cases of people seeking advice on welfare and legal issues, roughly doubling their caseload from 2013.

The MKM launched the pro bono legal clinic in 2012 as part of their efforts to include legal aid within the social work agenda.

“In view of the increasing number of clients we receive, we hope we can do our best for them and manage to settle the cases they come to us for help for,” he said.

After a two-month break, the legal clinic resumed its operations last night.

The clinic’s services are available every Wednesday at the offices of Yusof Halim & Partners in Berakas from 7pm to 9pm.

To be eligible for its services, clients 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