The Sierra Leone Bar Association has held its Annual General Meeting on June 11 and 12, 2015 at the Bank Complex in Freetown where they elected executive members who will run the association for the next five years.
Abubakarr Turay, Aka Kabaka, was elected the new Public Relations Officer of the Association.
Turay said the Bar has a battered image as far as the public is concerned, which according to him, is as a result of no fault of lawyers but rather the negative societal influence which has eroded the fabric of their integrity.
“Rebranding is now our focus and our foremost target is to re-orientate the public perception,” Lawyer Turay averred.
He explained that the Sierra Leone Bar Association is still the oldest Bar in sub-Saharan Africa and that the same ethics have been preserved, adding that they have a young bar with many role models to follow.
“Truth is that we are not oblivious of the fact that we need to step up our game. This is what this new executive will bring to the table. We have a President and an executive that will right all the wrongs,” the Public Relation Officer stated.
He also said he believed that in as much as the public perception is based on individual subject views; it has a role to play in their efforts in synchronising the confidence the public has in them as well as their duties as legal guarantors of the Constitution.
“We maintain our credibility and strive for justice for every Sierra Leonean,” he said.