22 November 2012

Angola: Judge Considers Pertinent Citizens' Access to Justice

The counsellor-judge of the Constitutional Court, Raul Araújo, on Wednesday in Lubango City, southern Huila Province, considered it pertinent that the Angolan government guarantee to the citizen the right to justice, through the allocation of legal services at zero cost, as enshrined in the Constitution.

According to the magistrate, the Bar Association of Angola, with the number of professionals available and because it is an institution of liberal professionals, cannot compel a lawyer to defend a person in a certain place, if payment is not made.

In his point of view, the Bar has an important role in the defence and legal assistance of citizens, reason why it took their services to some neighbourhoods to advertise legal services, as well as some professionals to provide support to citizens in police stations.

The idea, he said, is that the state should make sure that those citizens who do not have financial conditions are not denied access to justice.

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