Sierra Leone: Pilot National Legal Aid Scheme reported a success

February 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

On 6th of January 2010 a small team of lawyers and paralegals was established to provide advice, assistance and representation to the many people in Sierra Leone who cannot afford lawyers. The project is financially backed by the UK Justice Sector Development Programme.

An year later the Pilot National Legal Aid Scheme as the project is know is described as success. Mrs. Ida E. Lisk, project director elaborates the dimensions of the legal assistance programme:

“We have managed to provide legal advice, assistance and representation to over 1,800 clients through our lawyers and frontline paralegals,” adding that “Our mandate is to set the parameters for affordable, credible and accessible national legal aid scheme to all parts in Sierra Leone.”

What is more interesting is that there is a Legal Aid Bill introduced in the Parliament. The Pilot National Legal Aid Scheme is in fact a pilot implementation of the upcoming law which aims to: “ensure access by the poor in both the formal and informal justice sector”.

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Legal Aid, Paralegals, Sierra Leone.

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