The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) called on the unofficial bar to make the aspect of pro bono services more focused and systematic.
Speaking about legal aid, President of the BASL, President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam said that pro bono work done by a junior under the supervision of a senior provides the opportunity for career advancement and development.
The Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka (LACSL) is doing much with the resources at its disposal.
Yet there is more that can be done by way of capacity-building of the personnel of the LACSL, the improvement of facilities and the provision of finances, he added.
“Legal aid and pro bono services are essential for persons not economically capable of invoking the justice system for relief. What is the attitude of attorneys-at-law with regard to doing cases or providing legal services free of charge for those who do not have the finances but yet have a genuine problem or a case that begs for justice? There are many lawyers who go beyond mere fighting cases only for money and do cases free of charge. This is on pro bono. We need to build a culture for it. We must have a zeal for it,” he remarked.