Legal Aid : Free Legal Help Services in Bangladesh

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What is Legal Aid?

Legal aid is a most important help who’s couldn’t take any kind of legal defense in favour of his.

Article 27 of the Bangladesh Constitution conferred that all citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law. But in practice we see that many of the poor people who’s involved uncertainly in different litigation can’t get legal help to their economical problem.

Access to justice of the mass people legal aid is most important for us. As per article 6.3 of the European Convention of Human rights Legal aid is essential to guaranteeing equal access to justice for all.

Legal Aid is a welfare provision by the charity organization and state for the poor people. In the Bangladesh perspective the necessity of Legal aid is high because the minimum people of Bangladesh is poor and couldn’t go through to the court.

National Legal Aid services & practice

To ensure Justice and equality of justice the government of Bangladesh enacted a Law which is Legal aid services act, 2000. People’s who are financially poor and didn’t connect to the court system the government give them the legal aid services in Bangladesh.

In every district of Bangladesh the government set up the legal aid offices. In the same post of assistant Judge or Senior assistant judge posted as a district legal aid officer.

To ensure government legal services the superior court of Bangladesh Supreme court division has also a legal aid office.

It’s emerging that the legal aid services also spread to the Upazila and Union level. They have special task committee. Basically in every labour court of Bangladesh has special committee.

In this digital era the government of Bangladesh has take a good decision to spread legal aid services which is the national legal aid tele helpline (16430).

It’s a 24 hours nonstop legal services. In the year of 2019-2020 almost 24271 citizens of Bangladesh took legal aid services.

Why Legal aid is important

The most of the people in Bangladesh are financially not proper able. And also the literacy percentage of Bangladesh are too low.

In practice, legal support and help are too costly in Bangladesh. Most of the people who’s didn’t know about the law and court system they need to proper guidelines and for this the legal aid services is too important.

Legal aid services is too important for the ADR (alternative dispute resolution). We know that Legal system of Bangladesh is too lengthy.

In world the ADR system is most popular. Bangladesh national legal aid services are the first legally authorized organization to do ADR.

In the year of 2013 the minister of Law and Justice affairs raises the amendment bill of Legal aid services act, 2000. The bill was passed unanimously ‍and added the section 21kha of this act.

In the fiscal year 2019-2020 district legal aid offices done ADR almost 24064 with success. Most of the main suit are withdraw from the court for ADR services.

So, in the eye of statistics of Bangladesh we see that the legal aid services is most important of us.

Free legal aid services

Many of the non-government organization of Bangladesh give free legal aid services. Blast (Bangladesh Legal aid services trust) is a leading organization for free legal aid services.

And BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) is also a good organization who’s worked for free legal aid services.

ASK (Ain o Salish Kendra) give more free legal aid services in Bangladesh. Basically they worked for women and children rights highly.

In different situations we see that they worked for public interest in Bangladesh. Any citizens who seek legal help they can help.

Without the following organizations many of the no-governmental organization worked for free legal aid services.


Now the government of the Bangladesh digitalized the national legal aid services. E-response system and app based service are already run for citizens.

The necessity of legal aid services are too high. According to the international convention of civil and political rights legal aid is the rights of all persons.

To ensure justice and easy access to the justice the legal aid services is most important in view of Bangladesh and hole world.

Every person has right to self defense of law and in this eye legal aid is one of the most important who didn’t get the legal help.

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Shipta Barua
Shipta Barua has been Completed LL.B(Hon's) from Cox's Bazar International University and completed LL.M on Human Rights at Southern University. Writing and discussion about the critical and important topics of law in his choice. For primary Legal support and enrich to the general people legal knowledge he working in the Legal Home.
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