This week’s featured resource is the Zambia National Legal Aid Policy 2018 from the Republic of Zambia, Ministry of Justice. This resource is an example of progressive laws that can protect and address the needs of the poor and the vulnerable in society and is important for legal empowerment practitioners in championing for access to justice
Access to justice is a fundamental human right in itself and essential for the protection and promotion of all other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Without effective and affordable access to justice, people are denied the opportunity to claim their rights or challenge crimes, abuses or human rights violations committed against them
In its quest to address access to justice, the Government of Zambia has endeavoured to remedy the current gaps in the provision of legal aid by adopting a national Legal Aid Policy (hereafter referred to as the “Legal Aid Policy”) supported by appropriate legislation and regulations, installing a comprehensive legal aid system that is accessible, effective, credible and sustainable. On this basis, the Legal Aid Policy establishes a renewed regulatory and implementation framework for the provision, administration, coordination, regulation and monitoring of legal aid in Zambia.
The efficient and effective delivery of legal aid services will in turn enhance equal access to justice for the poor and vulnerable people in Zambia, in line with Zambia’s national and international commitments.
More about the Zambia National Legal Aid Policy 2018
This resource outlines policy guidelines for legal aid designed to contribute to legal empowerment of the poor and vulnerable groups through effective access to justice. The policy sets guidelines for the scope and delivery models for the provision of legal aid in Zambia and outlines the framework required in the implementation process by the Legal Aid Board and other stakeholders and for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the different policy measures herein set out.
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