Eight of Uganda’s international development partners (Austria, Denmark, European Union Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK) combined their experience, expertise and resources to establish the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) (2011-2016) to promote democracy and human rights, enhance access to justice, and improve accountability in Uganda. Since 2012 the DGF has implemented the Legal Aid Program (LEAP) aimed at improving access to Justice in Uganda by enabling poor, marginalized and vulnerable women, men and children to have access to quality legal aid services. LEAP partners’ interventions have contributed to increasing the geographical coverage and quality of legal aid service…
H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni graced the 3rd annual national legal aid conference on August 10 2015. The conference organised by the Justice, Law and Order Sector in partnership with Justice Centres Uganda and supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) was held under the theme "Sustainable funding and delivery of legal aid services by the state". H.E the president pledged to have the legal aid bill tabled in parliament in the near future. DOWNLOAD FULL SPEECH (pdf) SEE ALSO: Speech by the Chief Justice (211.46 kB) Speech by the Minister of Justice (226.2…
 August 7, 2015 | Uganda Media Centre, Kampala It’s my pleasure to address you concerning Legal Aid in Uganda and particularly, the upcoming National Legal Aid Conference due to take place on 10th August 2015 at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo. The Purpose of this Conference is to create awareness about the on-going efforts to establish a Policy, Law and National Institution on Legal Aid. The ultimate objective of the Conference is to fast track the establishment of the National Legal Aid Body. Legal Aid is the provision of free legal services to the poor, vulnerable and marginalised people who…
Legal aid is the provision of free or subsidised legal services to mainly poor and vulnerable people who cannot afford the services of paid lawyers. The right to legal aid is well entrenched in the International and Regional human rights treaty framework to most of which Uganda is a state party. The provision of legal aid addresses the concerns of the poor and vulnerable by focusing on challenges arising from: affordability of user costs, lack of legal representation, and alienation due to technicalities, language and ignorance of legal rights.Poverty, ignorance of the law, the effect of armed conflict, disability or…
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