legal aid society


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legal aid society

n. an organization formed to assist persons who have limited or no financial means but need legal help, usually sponsored by the local bar association's donations, sometimes with some local governmental financial support. Such societies examine the assets and income of the applicant, decide if the person has a legitimate need for legal services, give counselling, provide mediation, prepare simple documents, and if absolutely necessary give free legal assistance from a panel of volunteer attorneys. Originally most prevalent in larger cities, legal aid societies exist throughout the country. They do not usually provide assistance in criminal cases because indigent defendants are constitutionally entitled to representation by a public defender or appointed private counsel paid by the government. Some societies provide referral services to help a person find a suitable attorney, but normally referral is made by the local bar association.

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He said that Legal aid Society had made tremendous efforts for awareness among the people regarding Sindh Legal Aid Call Center and posted advertisement on 500 rickshaws plying on the roads of Karachi and 1000 rickshaws in other cities of province.
Murtaza Wahab said that our society is lacking the research on key social issues but I am glad to learn that legal aid society has published three research papers based on the data received at Legal Advisory Call Center on the topics of ' The Justice Gap in Sindh-Evidence from the Legal Aid Call Center', ' The Victim and the Accused- An Analysis of Legal Needs in the Criminal Justice' and 'Understanding the Domestic Violence within the Legal Frame Work' while 2 more research papers will be completed by 30 June 2019 on 'Study on Murder Trials' and 'Conjugal Rights Law'.
If I am wrong, I will publicly apologise; otherwise the FBR should apologize or pay me damages after a fair trial or investigation through the proposed free legal aid society.
Currently, there is a reception area on the eighth floor of the building staffed by the Legal Aid Society of Rochester.
Lewis' attorneys and the Legal Aid Society previously claimed that their client was coerced into a confession.
The YWCA turned to Willow and the Legal Aid Society to find a solution to the problem, officials said.
He lauded the efforts of Free Legal Aid Society for the Helpess (FLASH) for actively engaging in a broad spectrum of social welfare activities, particularly, for the weaker segments of the society.
"This winter will mark a decade of displacement; of holidays away from home, and broken promises," said Jason Wu, Staff Attorney with The Harlem Community Law Office at The Legal Aid Society.
Burazin joined the Legal Aid Society team in 2015 and does whatever she can to help both children and families cope with hard times.
KARACHI -- 'So far the Legal Aid Society has received 140,371 calls, registered 41,331 queries from 236 cities of Pakistan in which 32,159 were male related queries and 9,172 were female related,' this was revealed by Barrister Haya Zahid at an awareness session by Legal Aid Society at the Arts Council on Tuesday.
Robert Harold, who works at the Legal Aid Society, said: "It was right outside my window.
Floreancig, General Counsel of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, is pleased to announce the following individuals have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors:

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