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Justice Centres Uganda Holds Media Workshop

Ms Christine B. Nsubuga, National Coordinator Justice Centres addressing the media on the sidelines of the Justice Centres Media Workshop held on May 7, 2015 (PHOTO: JCU) Ms Christine B. Nsubuga, National Coordinator Justice Centres addressing the media on the sidelines of the Justice Centres Media Workshop held on May 7, 2015 (PHOTO: JCU)

 

The media fraternity has been called upon to sensitize the public on the issue of legal aid as part of corporate social responsibility to society. This call was made by the Judiciary Chief Registrar, Mr. Paul Gadenya while opening a media workshop organized by Justice Centres Uganda at Hotel Africana held on May 7 2015. Mr. Gadenya asked the media to take advantage of its deeper reach and available platforms to advance the noble cause of legal aid. Mr. Gadenya who revealed that 90% of users of the legal system are poor and cannot afford a lawyer lauded efforts of Justice Centres Uganda for championing their rights of the indigent enshrined in the Constitution. “The law is made for the protection of all citizens, poor and rich alike. It is therefore the duty of the state to make its machinery work …for the rich and the poor”, he said.

The National Coordinator, Justice Centres Uganda (JCU), Ms. Christine Birabwa Nsubuga took participants through the basics of the National legal aid policy. She described the National Legal Aid Policy as an instrument that provides the foundation for Legal Aid to all deserving Ugandans and challenged the media to advocate for its approval by Cabinet and subsequent operationalization.

During the plenary discussions, participants engaged Justice Centre’s officials in interactive discussions on how issues of publicity and media advocacy of legal aid can be addressed. The media pledged to work closely with Justice Centres Uganda in legal aid outreach through consistent engagement on various platforms and forums. Officials from Justice Centres were also on hand to respond to questions raised by the media in regard to JCU’s legal aid service provision model.

Over 50 representatives of the Uganda media fraternity (print and electronic) participated in this event that set the stage for a concerted media campaign by Justice Centres to sensitize the public on matters of legal aid.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa  | Published: May 8, 2015