- There are also cases of unlicensed practitioners accused of practising law and representing clients in courts of law.
- The LSK president Eric Theuri said that the agency will ensure all those who are practising law without licenses will be arrested.
The Law Society of Kenya has officially launched a campaign to fish out people who masquerade as advocates.
The hunt comes after several allegations of people masquerading as advocates and claiming to have the ability to represent citizens in courts of law being on the increase.
There are also cases of unlicensed practitioners accused of practising law and representing clients in courts of law.
The LSK president Eric Theuri said that the agency will ensure all those who are practising law without licenses will be arrested, and that the organisation will oppose their release. This is because, once they have been released, they go and operate in another town.
He also sounded a warning to students who have not been admitted to the organisation to desist from representing clients in court.
“Any student still undergoing training should wait for their admission to the LSK before practising. Failure to adhere to this, we will ensure that you are not admitted to the society,” Theuri said.
Council member and officer in charge of practice standards at LSK, Linda Kiome, said that they have so far raided four offices, of which three people have been arrested.
She insisted that the LSK is not ready to share their credits with those who don’t have licenses for practice.
“We are not ready to share our bread and butter with people who don’t have licenses. Relevant measures have been put in place to ensure that citizens are protected from such quacks,” Kiome said.
Citizens have been urged to be careful when engaging with people who claim to be advocates. The LSK portal can be used to check whether a person is viable to practise law. Citizens are also urged to confirm with the portal whether or not they are allowed to practise law during that year.
“Each law practitioner is given a number each year after renewing their license of practice. We urge Kenyans to confirm with the LSK portal before entrusting their case to anyone for representation in court,” Muriithi said.
LSK warned that the campaign is set to be continuous and will go on as long as the masqueraders continue to work in Kenya.