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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 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.
 
However, 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:
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 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.
 
Statistics of Legal Aid Recipients and Cases
August, 2015 to March, 2017
Case Nature Application Received Lawyers Appointment Disposal of cases
Civil Appeal 10 07 04
Civil Revision 67 59 09
Criminal Appeal 36 13 05
Criminal Revision 07 05 02
Writ Petition 37 22 02
Leave to Appeal and CP filing 29 22 07
Jail Appeal 369 369 269
Total : 555 497 298

Legal opinion and Advice : Supreme Court Legal Aid Office also provides legal opinion and advice to the 1232 legal aid clients for other issues.

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.

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
 
Link to : National Legal Aid Services Organization, Bangladesh
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