Strike pro bono lawyers could last a month
WILLEMSTAD – Lawyers on the island are on strike since the beginning of this month. They will not be on call for pro bono cases. The lawyers already complaint about this to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro earlier this year.
The lawyers want more money for pro bono cases. For fifteen years the legal councillors have not seen an increase in the fee they receive for pro bono cases. The fee is currently at 900 guilders, but the actual costs incurred by the attorneys in pro bono cases is in most cases much higher than the fee.
Minister Navarro announced that he would introduce an incremental increase in the fee. But this has been pushed on the back burner. The lawyers do not agree with this and that is why they are on strike again.
This strike could last the entire month of December. This means that there will be no pro bono lawyers available for new cases.