Our Mandate

To strengthen coordination and networking of LASPs, harmonisation and standardisation of legal aid service provision by the different service providers, lobbying and advocacy to facilitate a favourable legal and policy environment.

Millions lack access to adequate justice, face illegal detention, other abuses

www.unodc.org// Many countries still lack the necessary resources and capacity to provide legal aid for suspects, those charged with a criminal offence, prisoners, victims and witnesses. Providing adequate legal aid is key in developing a more efficient legal system. This helps make better use of limited State resources, promotes greater community involvement in the criminal justice system - including facilitating community-based sanctions and non-custodial measures -, reduces the unnecessary use of detention and imprisonment, and rationalizes criminal justice policies.


Parliament Urged To Pass National Legal Aid Policy

Legal aid should be perceived broadly beyond court processes so that it can be used to enhance options likely to divert some matters from the already clogged court system through Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms like arbitration and mediation as well as counseling and psycho-socio support. This was revealed by the Acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma while opening a two days  Second National Legal Aid Conference which took place on 26th and 27th June 2014 at Imperial Royale Hotel.


The 2nd National Legal Aid Conference- Download presentations

  The 2nd National Legal Aid Conference that took place on 26th and 27th June was quite a success. We would like to thank all gallant members who participated and made it successful. We would also in a special way like to appreciate the organizers, the tusk force committee, the Justice centers, JLOS institute, Ministry of Justice and constitutional affairs, the parliament of Uganda, the development partners, strategic partners, regional partners, civil society, all LASPs, the media and the general public for making the 2nd National Legal Aid conference a success. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation. Please download the presentations of the 2nd National Legal Aid Conference here IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK FOR LEGAL AID IN UGANDA [234.27 KB] Legal Aid Conference - Programme - Final (5)-2 [593.7 KB] Opening Remarks by Justice Adonyo [65.55 KB] ROADMAP TO A NATIONAL LEGAL AID SCHEME IN KENYA-Caro's Presentation. [390 KB] ROADMAP TO A NATIONAL LEGAL AID SCHEME IN KENYA-Caro's Presentation. [6.22 MB] Speech by the Chief Justice at the 2nd National Legal Aid Confe [3.01 MB] THE RELEVANCE OF LEGAL AID TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND IN UGANDA [5.18 MB] The Use of Legal Aid to realise other rights - Experiences from the Great Lakes Region By Tito Byenkya [1.27 MB] The provision of legal aid by the non-state actors in Uganda [1013.57 KB] The provision of legal aid services by state-funded mechanisms in Uganda challenges and opportunities [998.62 KB] UNDERTAKINGS FROM THE 1ST NATIONAL LEGAL AID CONFERENCE [326.53 KB]  

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  • 06 July , 2014
    Access  to justice, according to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, includes  the  right to  legal  assistance and Uganda’s Constitution further gives entitlement for  an accused person charged with a capital offense to be  represented in court  at state  expense. LASPNET Vice Chairperson, Executive Director and Treasurer during a press conference at LASPNET secretariat
  • 21 September , 2013
    LASPNET secretariat held the quarterly thematic cluster meetings in February this year. These were followed by Working group meetings to discuss the salient issues that had emanated from each cluster meeting. We came up with a summary of these as below:

Strategic partners


The Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET) is a national member NGO established in 2004 to provide strategic linkages and a collaboration framework for the Legal Aid Service Providers and maintain a common front to interface with various actors in the Justice, Law and Order Sector in Uganda. It targets three critical aspects of coordination: a collective role bringing together different LASPs for solidarity in strategizing, sharing lessons and experiences, while minimizing duplication; capacitating them through collaborative research and analysis ; as well as documenting, providing needed feedback, and amplifying voice on key issues regarding access to justice/legal aid at regional, national or international level.

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