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Legal information needs of lawyers in Kenya: a case study

Japhet Otike (Japhet Otike is Senior Lecturer, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.)
Graham Matthews (Graham Matthews is Head of the Department, School of Information Studies, University of Central England at Birmingham, UK.)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 July 2000



Reports the results of a case study undertaken as part of a doctoral research programme carried out to investigate the information needs of, and provision to, the legal community in Kenya. The case study, is based on data collected from a one‐man law firm in Kisumu, Kenya. Data were collected by interviews and observation. Although essentially a case study, the results reflect the kind of experiences and problems that lawyers in Kenya, working in single law firms, experience in accessing legal information. Concludes that the only practicable way lawyers can maximise the availability of legal information in the country is by setting up their own law library on a co‐operative basis. Reliance on court libraries is futile as the libraries are already over‐stretched by the needs of the Bench.



Otike, J. and Matthews, G. (2000), "Legal information needs of lawyers in Kenya: a case study", Library Management, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 241-252.




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