Malawi Legal Aid to be turned into an independent bureau

The Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs says plans are at an advanced stage to make the Legal Aid which is one arm of the ministry as an independent entity.

Briefing reporters in Lilongwe on Friday, Chief State Advocate in the ministry Pacharo Kayira said the legal aid will soon be an independent entity and it will be called the ‘Legal Aid Bureau.’

“The legal aid falls under the department of the administrator general which is there among others to monitor on deceased estates. Parliament passed an act that will allow legal aid to be independent.

“By operating independently, it means the bureau will have its own director and its own structures which will enable them to effectively perform their duties by bringing their duties closer to the less privileged people,” said Kayira.

Kayira: Legal Aid to be independent bureau

Kayira: Legal Aid to be independent bureau

He further highlighted that all is set and the legal aid bureau was supposed to be in operational from 1st May, 2012.

“All arrangements are set and it was the wish of the ministry to have the bureau as an independent entity from the 1st may, 2013. Due to other anomalies the bureau has not yet started operating independently, but any time soon this it will be in operational,” he said.

Legal aid which falls under the Ministry of justice and constitutional affairs is mainly there to provide legal assistance to those that cannot afford to hire lawyers to represent them in the court of law.

As a way of celebrating the Africa Public Service Day which was cerebrated on Sunday June 23, government through different ministries and departments are conducting different media briefings to showcase on what they do.

Ministry of justice and constitution affairs is one there to make sure that there is rule of law and good governance in the country.

It consists of different departments such as the Attorney General, Solister General, Director of public prosecutions, drafting department, Administrator General and the Registrar General.–Malawi News Agency

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