Secretary & Director
Legal Aid Service
Room No. 710,Floor-7th, Building No.4
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka
The Constitution of Bangladesh
has in clear terms recognized the basic fundamental human
rights. One of the basic fundamental rights is that all citizens
are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection
of law. Majority people are improvised. They cannot access
themselves to justice to protect and vindicate their legal
rights & lawful causes. To address this problem legal aid
services have been activated under the Legal Aid Act, 2000.
The law provides for giving legal aid to poor people to institute
or defend cases in courts. Legal Aid Committees headed by
the respective District Judges have been constituted with
Government officer, Lawyer, Voluntary and Woman Organizations
in each district. A statutory body called National Legal Aid
Organization has been established and there is a National
Board of Director consisting of 19 members. The members represent
Ministers of Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
as chairman, Members of the Parliament. Attorney-General of
Bangladesh, Government officials as well as representatives
from civil societies.
The National Legal Aid
Committee is looking into the jail appeal matter as a result
there are many poor convicts are getting benefits of the law.
Under the Legal Aid Programme, private lawyers are also being
engaged to press and conduct the jail appeals in courts. This
law programmes have been taken to give legal aid to the poor,
distress and helpless people to access to justice.