Nigerian lawyers volunteer for the police duty solicitor scheme ©

British Council

May 2022

The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme is working to strengthen the application of law.

The programme worked to strengthen the Police Duty Solicitor Scheme (PDSS), which provides a mechanism for lawyers to be on duty or on call to offer free legal services to detainees at police stations across Nigeria. 

This case study illustrates how lawyers became motivated to honour a social responsibility by providing free legal assistance to hundreds of detainees who otherwise would not have accessed it. By partnering with magistrates who inspect detention facilities to identify detainees in need, the lawyers are providing a much-needed service that is restoring public trust in Nigeria’s legal system. 

Learn more and download the case study below.