Provision of Legal Aid Services

In 2007, the Government of Kenya, through the defunct Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, now the Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General established the National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme (NALEAP).

The main aim of setting up NALEAP was to create awareness with the Kenyan public about legal aid; and provide legal advice and representation mainly to the poor, marginalised and vulnerable in the Kenyan society.

Legal aid is a human rights issue, and the goal of NALEAP was to create a practical, affordable and effective legal awareness and legal aid service delivery scheme that would increases access to justice for all.

The NALEAP programme facilitated the development of the draft Legal Aid Bill, which was later enacted into law as the Legal Aid Act, 2016 thereby laying the foundation for the establishment of a structured and sustainable National Legal Aid Service in Kenya with the mandate of mainstreaming the provision of legal aid services in Kenya.

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