11 July, 2014

District Legal Aid Officers Gather to Enhance Quality of Services

Last Updated: 14 August 2014


On July 10-11, 2014, USAID’s Justice for All Program and the National Legal Aid Services Organization held a two-day workshop in Dhaka to facilitate the standardization of service delivery, quality improvements, and compliance with reporting requirements and job responsibilities. The JFA DCOP and NLASO Director presented novelties in the government legal aid system, including the NLASO 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, the 2013 Legal Aid Services Act Amendment, the 2014 draft LASA Regulation and Policy, and the Legal Aid Citizen Charter. The workshop was highly interactive with DLAOs participating in small group activities, action planning, and extensive Q&A. Seventeen DLAOs attended the meeting along with several NLASO members. Active brainstorming also occurred on topics as varied as the activation of Upazila and Union Parishad Legal Aid Committees, grassroots awareness, and the human and financial resource needs of the District Legal Aid Offices. Participants called on JFA and NLASO to continue to organize similar events in the future and to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices between pilot and non-pilot Districts.