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Nigerian Legal Aid Act, 2011

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Posted August 13, 2012 by Abigail Moy

The Legal Aid Act of 2011 provides for the establishment of a legal aid and access to justice fund. Through the fund, financial assistance is made available to the Legal Aid Council on behalf of indigent citizens for the prosecution of claims in accordance with the Constitution. The Act empowers the Legal Aid Council with responsibility for the operation of a scheme for the grant of legal aid and access to justice in certain matters or proceedings to persons with inadequate resources.

Paralegals are addressed in Part IV, Section 17. The Act  states that the Council may grant licenses to persons who have undergone a prescribed course in paralegal services to render such services in appropriate situations. The Act also authorizes the Council to partner with or otherwise engage the services of non-governmental organizations and law clinics that are engaged in the provision of legal aid or assistance to persons who are entitled to legal aid.

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  1. anjola-ayeni rebecca says:

    The provision under part iv section 17 is a well development and this will greatly assist in the expansion of the activities of the council and making to reach greater beneficiaries

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  2. the C section of the second schedule kind of limited civil matters as provided for in Section 8(1) & (3) of the Act. but i was thinking that the second schedule ought to apply to Section 8(2) only, i.e. criminal matters.

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