Brief Introduction of Legal Aid Department
Legal Aid Department is one of the departments of the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The aim of this department is to defend the rights of indigent suspects and accused persons for free and ensure their access to justice.
According to article 31 of the Constitution, Advocates Law and the Regulation of Legal Aid, this department is providing legal aid for indigent suspects and accused persons in criminal cases and if possible this department will provide legal aid to indigent women and children in civil cases as well.
The Legal Aid Department has the Following Objectives, Duties and Authorities:
This department was established in 1989 in accordance with the decision of cabinet council and endorsed by the president of that time in the structure of the Supreme Court and continued its activity until the end of 2007 within the country’s justice system. From the beginning of 2008 and in accordance with Decree No 111 dated 25.11.2007 of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, this department along with its personnel was transferred from the structure of the Supreme Court to the structure of the Ministry of Justice.