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Legal Aid
Even after passing the Legal Aid Act 2000, it was not possible to provide service to the justice seekers due to the absence of required rules on providing legal aid at the highest court of the land. In 2010, National Legal Aid Service Organization provided only Jail Appeal to the people who are socially and financially vulnerable through 37 lawyers who were included into the panel. After that, National Legal Aid Service Organization (NLASO) and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) jointly took the initiative to conduct a survey on how legal aid can be provided by the govt. and accordingly assigned Barrister Tanjib-ul-Alam to conduct the survey and later he submitted the study paper on it. An advisory committee was also established and the Director of National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) was the head of the Committee.

After intense observation on the report prepared on the basis of the findings, the advisory committee recommended enacting and publishing the Legal Aid Regulation 2015. The publication of the regulation as gazette notification created the scope of a new beginning on the way of providing legal aid at the highest court of the land. The recently published gazette includes the issues regarding increasing fees of lawyers, jurisdiction of filling cases and some other related issues as well.

However, on 8th September, 2015 Honorable Chief Justice of Bangladesh Surendra Kumar Sinha officially inaugurated the Supreme Court Legal Aid Office. USAID’s Justice for All Program and the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) organized this launching ceremony of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Office.

This official inception of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Office ensures that legal aid is accessible to the poor and distressed. Any eligible applicant can now access free legal aid by submitting an application to the Supreme Court Legal Aid Office. After reviewing the application, a lawyer is appointed to represent the applicant free of cost. The government will pay the honorarium directly to the advocate. The Supreme Court Legal Aid Office is now available for Civil, Criminal appeals and Writ.

The Supreme Court Committee was comprised of 10 members and Honorable Justice M. Enayetur Rahim is the Chairman of the Committee.



The committee provides the following aid to the persons whose yearly income is not more than 1, 50,000 /= taka:
1. F.A (First Appeal) & Civil Revision.
2. Criminal Appeal & Criminal Revision
3. Jail Appeal
4. Writ Petition
5. Leave to Appeal and CP filing of the cases
 
Supreme Court Legal Aid office is also providing the following Services:
o Legal advice
o Filling and dealing cases
o Expert opinion on the merit of the case
o Bearing the actual cost
 
Recently to handle the cases under the observation of the govt. Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee appointed 77 lawyers at the High Court Division and 6 lawyers at the Appellate Division.
 
Statistics of Legal Aid Recipients and Cases
From September, 2015 to January, 2018
Case Nature Application Received Disposal of cases
F.A (First Appeal) 13 04
Civil Revision 105 15
Criminal Appeal 44 05
Criminal Revision 14 02
Writ Petition 49 06
Leave to Appeal and CP filing 44 09
Jail Appeal 559 396
Total : 828 437

Statistics of Legal opinion and Advice:

From Sept.2015 to Dec.2015
(Total-4 Months)
Year of 2016
(Total-12 Months)
Year of 2017
(Total-12 Months)
Year of 2017
(January)
528 2378 4306 267









Supreme Court Legal Aid Office Inauguration Programme


Supreme Court Legal Aid Office Inauguration Programme


Launching of the Publication and Sharing Meeting on Legal Aid was held on 28th January, 2017 by Honble Chief Justice of Bangladesh.


Launching of the Publication and Sharing Meeting on Legal Aid was held on 28th January, 2017 by Honble Chief Justice of Bangladesh.


Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) jointly published this 'Poster’ as a promotional activity.


Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee and USAID Jistice For All (JFA) Program jointly published this 'Booklet’ as a promotional activity.


Meeting with Panel Lawyers


Meeting with Panel Lawyers


Experience sharing meeting with National Human Rights Commission and NGO’s which was held on 26th April, 2017 at Supreme Court Conference Room.


Experience sharing meeting with National Human Rights Commission and NGO’s which was held on 26th April, 2017 at Supreme Court Conference Room.


Experience sharing meeting with National Human Rights Commission and NGO’s which was held on 26th April, 2017 at Supreme Court Conference Room.


Experience sharing meeting with National Human Rights Commission and NGO’s which was held on 26th April, 2017 at Supreme Court Conference Room.


Meet the Press on Supreme Court Legal Aid Activities


Meet the Press on Supreme Court Legal Aid Activities
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Link to : National Legal Aid Services Organization, Bangladesh
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