The Minister of State for Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Evode Uwizeyimana has said that there is a need for advocates to improve performance and act more professional in different areas of specialization.
The Minister noted this yesterday as he presented a draft bill spelling out guidelines on legal assistance in Rwanda to parliament yesterday following various cases where clients would reject assigned advocates. The Parliamentarians approved the draft law.
He said the bill emphasizes the need for specialization in different areas of Law, as the current situation was not defined, explaining that it is improper for one person to serve as an advocate for genocide related court case in the morning, defend land related court case at noon and represent another in a commercial court case in the evening.
“We should be distinguishing professionalism from seeking means of survival. If a person can be an advocate in a land case in the morning, divorce at noon, genocide case next day and tax cases …We have to analyze this because laws have various categories,” he said.
He explained that the law will not instantly and totally eradicate the matter but will discuss with members of the bar association to address the challenge.
Competencies will be assessed on the basis of court cases the advocate defended and or diplomas ranging from Masters among other criteria.