Procedures for Legal Aid

In order to apply for legal aid the following procedure is followed:

  • Once at our office, the client or his or her relatives are directed to meet a legal officer to give their statement
  • If the client did not come in person due to his or her incarceration, a personal interview is arranged at the place of detention to seek further information
  • The client must then complete a legal aid application form applying for legal aid
  • The client must give details of his or her financial position on the legal aid application form
  • The statement, legal aid form and supporting documents are then submitted to the authorizing officer for approval
  • Decision on whether legal aid is granted or not is made
  • The decision of the amount of the financial contribution to be made by the client is also made by the authorizing officer
  • Matter is assigned to handling officer

The legal aid application forms are available for download here