About Legal Aid and Pro-Bono Program
The Legal Aid Program endeavors to promote free legal services for indigent litigants who offer convincing evidence that they are unable to obtain legal representation due to their indigent circumstances.
The LNBA signed a grant agreement with USAID Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Program (LPAC) and The Carter Center (TCC) to implement two legal aid projects in Liberia.
About our Access to Justice Through Pro-Bono Legal Representation Project:
The LNBA, with support from USAID Legal Professional Development and Anti –Corruption (LPAC) Program, is implementing a project titled Promoting Access to Justice through Pro Bono Legal Representation from February 1, 2017 – January 31st, 2018 in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.
The LNBA will open a Legal Aid Clinic at its main offices at the LNBA’s headquarters on Ashmun Street with a satellite office in Margibi County. The Clinic will handle both Criminal and Civil Law cases. The assistance for Civil Law cases will focus on consultations and mediation for Family Law and Property Law (mostly land issues) cases and Criminal Law will be limited to issues of pre-trial detention and plea bargaining in misdemeanor cases where bail is a possibility. Where necessary, cases will be taken to resolution including legal representation at trial. The Clinic will only take clients that meet maximum income levels.
About our Legal Aid Project
The LNBA also signed a Letter of Agreement with The Carter Center (TCC) to implement a project titled Legal Aid Project in Montserrado, Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa, and Maryland Counties from January 2, 2017 –September 30, 2018.
Under this project , The Carter Center will receive cases identified for legal representation from its implementing partner, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), and following a case review and selection process, will refer qualifying cases to the Legal Aid Committee of the LNBA which will, through its Committee Chairman, assign the cases to Law Firms, County Bars or members of the LNBA for legal representation, consistent with the goal of fostering broad support for the provision of legal aid services within the legal community of Liberia. Assignment of cases to participating firms and attorneys should strive to diversify participation to include as many different individual attorneys and law firms as is practicable. The Carter Center may forward cases emanating from counties outside of Montserrado directly to the local County Bar representative after having informed the Legal Aid Committee.