21 January, 2016

JFA Extends Coverage to Maulvibazar District

Last Updated: 17 February 2016


On January 21, 2016, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program and Maulvibazar District Legal Aid Committee (DLAC) held a joint inception meeting to launch the partnership between the DLAC and the JFA Program. The meeting was chaired by District & Session Judge Mr. Md. Shafiqul Islam who serves as Chairman of the DLAC and was attended by the Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Mr. Surendra Kumar Sinha, the Registrar General of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, Mr. Syed Aminul Islam, the Director of the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO), Mr. Malik Abdullah Al-Amin, the judgeship of Maulvibazar, the President and Secretary of the Bar Association, panel lawyers providing legal aid assistance in Maulvibazar District, civil society members and representatives of JFA, including Chief of Party, Mr. Harold D. Dampier, Jr., and Deputy Chief of Party, Ms. Sharmeen Farouk.


The DLAC Chairman welcomed JFA assistance, noting that “support from USAID’s JFA will add a new dimension to effective delivery of legal aid services in Maulvibazar”. The JFA Chief of Party presented the goals and parameters of the partnership between JFA and the DLAC and called for coordination between government institutions and non-governmental organizations to strengthen legal aid service delivery. The NLASO Director added that “USAID’s JFA assistance in the 13 pilot Districts is making access to justice a reality for the poor.”


In his keynote speech on the occasion of the inception, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha called upon the judges and lawyers of Maulvibazar District to unite their efforts to facilitate access to justice for all. “All UZLAC & UPLAC in Maulvibazar will be activated and awareness activities will be increased under the USAID’s JFA assistance to take legal aid services to the door steps of people who live in remote and rural areas so that they can access justice”.


JFA provides technical assistance to strengthen the delivery of legal aid services at the local level in thirteen pilot districts under its Objective 1. Assistance is designed to ensure efficient management of the legal aid office and caseload; enhance the quality and responsiveness of service delivery by the legal aid office and panel lawyers; activate local-level committees for referral and awareness at the grassroots level; and conduct public outreach and information campaigns on the availability of legal aid services.