The Directorate: Legal Aid is charged with the responsibility of providing legal aid, i.e. legal advice and legal representation at Government expense to all eligible Namibians meeting the qualifying criteria, at government expense. The regulatory framework for the provision of legal aid can be found in Articles 12 and 95 of the Namibian Constitution as well as the Legal Aid Act 29 of 1990, as amended. The scheme is intended to ensure access to justice by providing legal services to persons who have insufficient means to afford the services of private legal practitioners to represent them in proceedings before the courts.
Overview of Activities
The core activities of the Directorate of Legal Aid are: receiving, determining whether to grant or refuse (as per prescribed criteria) and issuing instructions to legal practitioners (private and legal aid counsel).