The Inquirer (Monrovia)

20 December 2012

Liberians Need Education On Public Defense Program

A call has been made for Liberians in and out of the country's capital to make good use of the Public Defense Program. According to the Coordinator and Supervisor of the Public Defense Program at the Temple of Justice James C. R. Flomo, the public defense program was established by the Government of Liberia for people who cannot afford acquire hiring lead counselors to plead on their behalf.

The head of the Public Defense Program said students entering the program signed a three-year contract with the Government of Liberia through the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law to serve as public defenders for three years and afterwards submit a full comprehensive report after their contracts expire.

The Coordinator of the Public Defense Program James C. R. Flomo said at present, there are seven persons serving as public defenders with several graduates of the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law submitting applications for employment.

The Public Defense Coordinator James C. R. Flomo said there needs a massive awareness to educate Liberians on the importance of Public Defense Program which is free.

He said although the program is free, but it is specifically intended to defend people who are considered unprivileged, meaning; those that cannot pay for their own defense by hiring counselors.

He also said that those serving as public defenders are not to solicit cases on their own, especially, those that have to do with entering into private business which are for private defenders.

Currently, there are seven public defenders assigned at the Temple of Justice.

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