How To Get Legal Aid In Namibia

How To Get Legal Aid In Namibia

What is legal aid?

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial.

How To Get Legal Aid In Namibia

In order to qualify and be admitted as a legal practitioner you are required to complete a year of practical legal training with an established law firm (or an institution approved by the Board of Legal Education) and complete a course at the Justice Training Centre after which you will be required to pass further examinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a legal advisor earn in Namibia?

Article 85(2) grants the power to the Chief Justice to permit a foreign lawyer to act in Namibia in relation to a matter, where there are particularly complex or special circumstances and the foreign lawyer concerned has special expertise.

What exactly is legal aid?

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense.

What is legal aid and how does it work?

Legal Aid NSW provides legal services to disadvantaged clients across NSW in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Legal Aid NSW also assists people experiencing domestic and family violence. Our services include: free legal advice to disadvantaged people about issues that affect them.

How do you become admitted to a legal practitioner?

Admission of lawyers in New South Wales is governed by the Legal Profession Admission Rules 2015 and Part 2.2 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW).

Can I get legal aid for harassment?

For some cases, legal aid is free. If you need to seek an injunction to protect you or your child from domestic abuse, violence or harassment you may qualify for legal aid as long as you meet the means test (the means test is not so strict for injunction cases).

What to do if you can’t afford a lawyer?

  • Contact the city courthouse.
  • Seek free lawyer consultations.
  • Look to legal aid societies.
  • Visit a law school.
  • Contact your county or state bar association.
  • Go to small claims court.

What is the difference between a legal aid and a lawyer?

The only difference there should be between a privately retained lawyer and a legal aid/public defender attorney is who lays their bill. A private attorney you pay for, the legal aid attorney is paid by the government.

Is legal aid based on household income?

To get legal aid for a civil case you have to demonstrate that the problem you are dealing with is serious – not all civil cases are eligible for legal aid – and that you can’t afford to pay for it yourself. Again, the decision will be based on your income and savings and your household’s.

Where does legal aid money come from?

The Government provides money to help pay for your case. The money comes from the Community Legal Services Fund (CLS) and is administered by the Legal Aid Agency. You may be entitled to legal aid just to speak to a solicitor and to have a solicitor write letters on your behalf, this is known as Legal Help.

Does legal aid have to be repaid?

If your opponent pays your legal costs because they lost the case then you may not have to pay anything back to the Legal Aid Agency out of your own pocket. … If you lose your case you do not have to pay back your legal costs as the Agency will pay your solicitor, but you will lose any contributions you have paid.

Does legal aid pay all costs?

Legal aid will in most cases pay for the vast majority of the court costs you will have. However, there may be cases where you do have to pay something towards your court case. You may find you have to pay some of your monthly income towards your legal costs.

Is legal aid a human right?

Is legal aid a human right? Yes, in certain circumstances. Under Article 6(1) ECHR everyone has the general right is ‘to a fair hearing’ in the determination of civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge.