Brunei Law Society to conductmore legal aid clinics
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Law Society is planning to hold more legal aid clinics to offer free legal consultation, especially for those lacking financial means for legal consultation.
President of the Brunei Law Society, Hj Mohd Rozaiman DSLJ Abd Rahman said recently at the sidelines of a DARE Dialogue session held at the Design and Technology Building in Kg Anggerek Desa.
“The Law Society is now looking to enhance its legal aid clinic so that it will be able to provide some form of advice to the community who are in need,” he said.
Hj Mohd Rozaiman said while the legal aid clinics offer assistance and advice to those in need, it is only a short-term solution, adding that the set up of a legal aid fund is needed in Brunei.
“How much advise we can give is one thing, but representation will always be a problem,” he said.
“There’s the Attorney General’s Chambers in Brunei and people can go there for advice but you may need a different (perspective) for a different kind of advice, therefore there will be many in the community who are seeking for alternative advice or alternative representation,” he said.
The president said there is no legal aid fund in Brunei, and that legal aid fund is only given to death penalty and crime related cases.
“Countries like Singapore and Malaysia have a legal aid body which provides legal assistance or in terms of representation to those who are within the limit being deemed to be unable to afford advice or representation,” he added, noting that Brunei should also have one.
“It’s necessary to consider setting up a legal aid body to help those in need of legal representation,” he said.
According to Hj Mohd Rozaiman, there are currently 33 law firms in Brunei.
The Brunei Times