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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 then the Director of National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) and former Registrar General of Bangladesh Supreme Court Syed Aminul Islam 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 then the Honorable Justice of the High Court Division Md. Nizamul Huq as the Chairman of the Committee. Later on, 2 members were included as observers. Recently the founder Chairman of the Committee Justice Md. Nizamul Huq has been elevated to Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and currently Honorable Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha appointed Honorable Justice M. Enayetur Rahim as 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. Civil Appeal & Revision.
2. Criminal Appeal & Revision
3. Jail Appeal
4. Writ Petition
5. Leave to Appeal

 
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
August, 2015 to October, 2017
Case Nature Application Received Disposal of cases
F.A (First Appeal) 13 04
Civil Revision 93 12
Criminal Appeal 40 05
Criminal Revision 11 02
Writ Petition 46 05
Leave to Appeal and CP filing 36 08
Jail Appeal 498 376
Total : 737 412

Legal opinion and Advice : Supreme Court Legal Aid Office also provides legal opinion and advice to the 2125 legal aid clients for other issues.


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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