Two pro bono law firms based in Malé have created a ‘mobile legal clinic’ to offer free legal advice to people living outside the capital.
The Public Interest Legal Clinic and the Family Legal Clinic is partnering with the ministry of youth, sports and community empowerment to launch the programme.
The mobile clinic kicks off during the weekend on Hithadhoo island in Addu City, according to a press release. The aim is to raise public awareness and offer free legal counsel to marginalised groups, it said.
Lawyers will be conducting awareness sessions on domestic violence and the Maldivian legal system at the Sharafudheen School on Friday.
On Saturday, lawyers will provide legal advice to the public and help fill out forms to submit to court or other government agencies. The one-on-one sessions will be held at the Hulhumeedhoo atoll school and on Hithadhoo in the afternoon.
Lawyers will also provide advice on cases ranging from contract disputes, unfair dismissals, basic rights and domestic violence.