EU releases another Ksh 845M for poor UKTN; To gain access

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The European Union (EU) stepped up its legal aid to UKTN on Wednesday 21 September after pumping a further Ksh 845 million to help UKTN from poor backgrounds.

The fund is intended to provide legal aid to persons from vulnerable communities to access justice.

Eligible persons must have cases related to succession battles, constitutional petitions, sex crimes, land challenges, eviction, children and divorce.

National Legal Aid Services (NLAS) leader Chimweme Mangani noted that the money will come in handy as legal aid has faced numerous challenges across the country.

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The fund will also benefit the Program for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery (PLEAD), a first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

PLEAD is implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Kenya, National Commission for the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), Department of Justice (DoJ) and National Legal Aid Service (NLAS) , supported by civil society and other actors in the justice sector.

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How to apply?

To be eligible for the provision of legal aid, he/she must submit an application to the service by completing a form as prescribed in the (general) Legal Aid Regulations 2020.

Lawyers who also want to offer their service as legal aid providers are expected to register through the same procedure.

Depending on the circumstances of the case, the service may provide partial legal aid to a person assisted provided that he/she makes a financial contribution to the fund.

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In 2018, the EU offered Kenya Ksh 4.2 billion for universal access to justice in Kenya through the PLEAD programme.

The National Legal Aid Service (NLAS) is an agency under the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice.

Legal aid is a human rights issue and our goal is to provide practical, affordable and effective legal awareness and a legal aid system that increases access to justice for all.

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