The Free Legal Advice Day forms part of the Law Society’s objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who cannot afford legal services. The Office of the Ombudsman has been instrumental in the success of the FLAD since the project was launched in August 2014 by supporting this project and assisting the LSN with the venues and advertising in the region.
In 2014, two Free Legal Advice Days took place in Oshakati / Ongwediva and Keetmanshoop.
In 2015, four Free Legal Advice Days took place in Tsumeb, Windhoek, Swakopmund and Gobabis.
In 2016, only one Free Legal Advice Day took place in Windhoek, due to the LSN Directorate being short staffed.
In 2017, five Free Legal Advice Days took place in Mariental, Ongwediva, Windhoek, Swakopmund and Gobabis.
The Law Society of Namibia, in collaboration with the Office of the Ombudsman, hosted its 1st Free Legal Advice Days for 2018 at the Swanevelder Community Hall, Otjiwarongo. 63 Persons received free legal advice on this occasion.
The 2nd FLAD for 2018 was held at the Hermanus van Wyk Memorial Hall in Rehoboth. Topics such as Labour, Domestic Violence, Wills & Estates and Divorce and Maintenance were addressed. 121 Persons received free legal advice on this occasion.
Free Legal Advice Days are also planned as follows:
- 15 June 2018 – Far-North Circle – Oshakati.
- 13 July 2018 – East Circle – Gobabis.
- 3 August 2018 – Windhoek.
- 28 September 2018 – West Circle – Walvis Bay.
The Chairperson, Council and Directorate of the Law Society of Namibia sincerely thank all involved for their participation and support in making this the Free Legal Advice Day project a success.
CIRCLE MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE LSN IN THE SOUTH REGION
Meetings with members, practising in the regions, take place once a year, when possible.
The benefit of the circle meetings is, inter alia, that members share information with Council and colleagues in the region about what they do and challenges they face. Solutions are discussed and in the process, colleagues learn from the experiences of others. In certain circumstances matters are referred to Council for discussion with the relevant authorities on behalf of the members.
It also gives the LSN Council the opportunity to share information with the members relating to the profession and the work of the LSN.
Another benefit of these meetings is that members also connect on an informal basis with the Council of the LSN.
The South circle meeting with members of the LSN took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018 at Oanob Resort, Rehoboth.
South Circle Meeting Group Photograph at Oanob Resort