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 Service Organization and
present honorable Register 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.
on 8th September, 2015 honorable chief justice of Bangladesh
Surendra Kumar Sinha officially inaugurated the Supreme
Court Legal Aid Office. The Supreme Court committee was
comprised of 10 members and then the honorable justice
of the high court Mr. Nizamul Huq as the chairman of the
committee. Later on, 2 members were included as observers.
Recently the founder chairman of the committee Justice
Mr. 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 aids to the persons whose yearly income is
not more than 1, 50,000 /= taka:
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 aids:
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.
|Link to : National
Legal Aid Services Organization, Bangladesh