Last Updated: 4 May 2017


Date: 1 January 1970 - 1 January 1970




On April 28, 2017, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program partnered with the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO), Legal Aid Committees, and sub-grantee partners to celebrate National Legal Aid Day with a series of mobilization events that brought the legal community, legal aid stakeholders, and citizens together. Through rallies, discussion meetings, cultural events, signature campaigns, fairs, and awareness and sensitization events, reaching a combined total of 70,491 women and men judges, lawyers, local government officials, and citizens. Miking campaigns raised awareness among approximately 187,000 additional citizens in Dhaka, Bogra, Tangail and Munshiganj.


  • Rallies—District & Sessions Judges led colorful rallies in 14 pilot Districts. Rallies were also organized at the Upazila level in 14 pilot Districts. More than 8,000 participants attended District-level rallies. Bicycle, rickshaw, van, horse-cart, buffalo, and boat rallies were organized in addition to regular rallies in many districts.


  • Discussion Meetings—District & Sessions Judges chaired Discussion Meetings attended by panel lawyers and government legal aid stakeholders, including representatives of the District Bar Association, District Social Welfare Office, and civil society. The meetings offered an opportunity to take stock of the contribution made and to be made of the government legal aid program to access to justice for all. More than 5,100 participants attended Discussion Meetings at the District level.


  • Legal Aid Fair—Stalls were installed in the District Judge Court premises in 11 pilot districts.Government legal aid representatives, local stakeholders, and civil society partners provided information on legal rights and legal aid services to visiting citizens. Free client consultations were provided at the Fair in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Kurigram and Khulna. Blood donation stalls were also set up in 8 Districts.


  • Cultural Events—Street drama, pot shows, and folk song performances were organized at the District level inTangail,Munshiganj, Mymensingh, Rangpur, and Khulna. In Tangail, Munshiganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, and Jessore, a video drama made by NLASO was projected in local events. Cultural events provide legal information to communities in a manner that brings leaders and common citizens together around a common message and increases acceptance of the use of the formal justice system for dispute resolution.
  • Signature Campaigns—In Munshiganj, Pabna, Dinajpur, and Maulvibazar, signature campaigns mobilized stakeholders and citizens to pledge their support and commitment to government legal aid services.


  • Recognition of Panel Lawyers—In Tangail, Mymensignh, Rajshahi, Bogra, Pabna, Khulna,Jessore, Bagerhat, and Cox’s Bazar, National Legal Aid Day offered an opportunity to the District Legal Aid Committee to recognize the “best panel lawyers” in front of their peers and fellow citizens. Awards were provided to the best panel lawyers for their service to the poor through the government legal aid scheme.


  • Other Activities—A number of other activities were organized to mark the day and inform citizens, including miking campaigns, football, Ha Do Do, and small-side cricket matches, races, kite flying, duck swimming races, and other various games. Debate, essay writing, and art competitions were held in several districts and a special broadcast of the JFA-supported AmraoAchhi radio talk show aired on Khulna Betar.


National Legal Aid Day offered an opportunity for the legal community and citizens to learn about legal aid, celebrate achievements, recognize excellence, and demonstrate the power of unity and commitment in providing justice for all in Bangladesh. For more information on JFA’s activities to strengthen the delivery of legal aid services.