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Lawyers train paralegals

Lawyers train paralegals

Legal access through Women Yearning for Equality, Rights and Social Justice has held a three day training session for paralegals at their Percival Street office in Freetown.

Speaking to this press, the assistant treasurer for LAWYERS who also serves as the   project coordinator for UNFPA activities, lawyer Christiana Davies-Cole said the training was designed to help paralegals to carry out their work effectively.

She explained some important aspects of the laws relating to applied ethics rudiment regarding how to treat those in conflict with the law. She described paralegals as those trained to help victims of violence either by seeking justice through prosecution or settling an out of court settlement through mediation.

She said paralegals are not lawyers but they sometimes fill in the gaps of lawyers  when they are not around.

She said the training is expected to improve the work of paralegals and make their work much easier in handling issues like domestic violence, etc. The training brought together paralegals from Kenema, Kono, and Freetown, and presentations were made by some female lawyers on topics like, the functions of the government, international human rights law, laws in Sierra Leone, and advocacy.

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