Government Policy

National Legal Aid Day on April 28

DHAKA, April 16, 2017 (BSS) - Country is all set to observe National Legal Aid Day on April 28 with the aim to raise awareness about providing judicial assistance to all.

"It is the fifth time that we are going to observe the day. We are going to hold a Meet the Press function at Supreme Court conference room on April 18 marking the day," Advocate Titas Hellol Rema, member secretary of Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, told BSS.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on September 8, 2015, officially

inaugurated the Supreme Court Legal Aid Office. The Supreme Court Committee was comprised of 10 members and Justice Nizamul Huq was nominated as the chairman of the committee. Later two members were included in the committee as observers.

When Justice Nizamul Huq was elevated to Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, the chief justice appointed Justice M. Enayetur Rahim as the chairman of the committee.

The committee provides legal aids for free to the persons whose yearly income is not more than Taka 1.5 lakh. The legal aids include civil appeal and revision, criminal appeal and revision, jail appeal, writ petition and leave to appeal.

Supreme Court Legal Aid office is also providing judicial assistances like legal advice, filing and dealing cases, expert opinion on the merit of the case and bearing the actual cost.

Recently Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee appointed 77 lawyers at the High Court Division and 6 lawyers at the Appellate Division to handle such cases.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)