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Govt provides legal aid for 56,877 poor

Published : 02 Apr 2022 11:13 PM | Updated : 03 Apr 2022 03:08 PM

A total number of 56,877 poor, helpless and financially indigent candidates have been provided with legal assistance at government expense from July-December in the fiscal year 2021-2022.

This information was revealed in a report published in the website of National Legal Aid Services Organisation.

The report also said that in the six-month period, a total of 12,797 people received legal aid for free by calling 16430 number, (toll free) hotline number of National Legal Aid Agency.

The legal aid activities of the National Legal Aid Services Organisation continued even amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Awami League-led government enacted the Legal Aid Services Act, 2000 to provide legal assistance at the government's expense to the financially indigent, helpless and incapable people seeking justice.

After winning the elections held on December 29, 2008, the Awami League took various steps to ensure justice for the poor, helpless and indigent people and it continues to do so.

Formed in 2000, the agency is providing legal aid in Supreme Court, all districts of the country, lower courts, labour courts, district, upazila and union level.

There are District Committees and offices of the National Legal Aid Service in each District Judge's Court. 

Through various promotions, campaigns, seminars, workshops and projects, this service is now available at the people's doorstep.

The official website- provides detailed information on the provision of national legal aid.