Law Society launches 'Change Project' on Tuesday

04 Jul 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL(NAMPA) - A survey aimed at critically assessing numerous aspects of the legal profession in Namibia and ensuring professional responsiveness to the legal needs of the people, was launched Tuesday.
The comprehensive survey titled ‘Change Project’ is the brainchild of the Council of the Law Society of Namibia (LSN).
Upon completion, the study will allow legal practitioners in the country to provide improved assistance and other related services to the needy majority of the Namibian society.
Speaking at the official launch of the project Tuesday, Chairperson of the LSN, Advocate Ramon Maarsdorp said the project was particularly designed to suggest sustainable and practical changes to policies, laws, rules and procedures that govern all aspects of the country’s legal profession.
These include the operations of its regulator to ensure a proactive, trusted and relevant Namibian legal profession.
“Namibia’s legal profession is at a critical juncture where it must systematically understand the realities, risks and opportunities of the rapidly changing world we live in,” said Maarsdorp.
Speaking at the same occasion, ‘Change Project’ Manager, Eben de Klerk said the survey will also help legal practitioners to become their best selves, personally and professionally, by equipping themselves with all the necessary tools towards the efficient running of their legal duties.
The research methodology of the project was approved by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and all the recommendations and inputs from the public will be made from a fact-based appreciation of the realities in respect of the Namibian legal landscape.
The project is scheduled to kick-off in the next few weeks in Windhoek, Oshakati, Swakopmund, Rundu, Otjiwarongo and Keetmanshoop.
The ‘Change Project’ is jointly funded by the Fidelity Fund of Namibia, the LSN and the Namibia Legal Practitioners’ Trust.
By November 2017, all research, inputs and recommendations should be finalised, promised De Klerk.