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Legal aid means giving legal assistance to the indigent (A person who cannot afford to pay for legal services). This assistance includes:

  1. Legal advice
  2. Legal representation
  3. Resolving disputes out of court
  4. Drafting and serving of legal documents
  5. Creating legal awareness
  6. Promoting reforms and advocacy in the community

Yes, A person can get legal aid in Kenya.
The Legal Aid Act, 2016 establishes the National Legal Aid Service, the State Agency with mandate to coordinate provision of Legal aid in Kenya. This gives effect to article 19(2), 48 and 50(2) (g) and (h) of the Constitution of Kenya on access to justice.

By filling a form provided by the Service or through the NLAS websit

A person qualifies to receive legal aid if they are indigent (a person who cannot afford to pay for legal services) and resident in Kenya and is;

  1. a citizen of Kenya
  2. a child
  3. a refugee
  4. a victim of human trafficking
  5. an internally displaced person; or
  6. a stateless person
  1. Civil Cases
  2. Criminal Cases
  3. Children Cases
  4. Constitutional Cases
  5. Matters of Public Interest and
  6. Any other type of cases that the Service may approve.

Legal aid can be provided by: -

  1. Advocates
  2. Paralegals
  3. Public Benefit Organizations or Faith-Based Organizations
  4. A University or other institution operating legal aid clinic
  5. Government agencies
  6. A firm of advocates

Yes, NLAS can terminate legal aid services if the recipient fails to adhere to the terms of grant of legal aid.