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.

Strategic Plans


Created Date Thursday, 21 August 2014
Modified Date Friday, 12 September 2014
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JLOS Strategic Investment Plan II 2006/7-2010/11

The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) is a reform process ongoing across theentire justice sector through a sector wide approach (SWAp) since 2000 to address the systemic weaknesses in the justice system that were compounded by lack of a clear policy framework for all the justice agencies to deliver quality justice efficiently and effectively. The sector maintained a long term perspective to the process of reform by adopting a Second Strategic Investment Plan(SIP II) in August 2006 for the period 2006/2007 to2010/2011. The Plan,which incorporates prioritised and costed interventions, will enable the Sector to continue the reforms that were implemented under the first Strategic Investment Plan.

In developing the SIP II, the sector adopted a Government-led and participatory process. Consultations were held with all key stakeholders within and outside the Sector through a series of interviews, meetings, focus group discussions and workshops at regional and national level.  The external stakeholders consulted included other sectors of Government, statutory bodies, civil society organizations, the private sector and development partners.
The SIP, II was built on the processes and lessons that the sector learnt during the implementation of its first Plan. In this sense,the SIP II consolidates and builds upon the first Plan by strengthening its strategies and addressing weaknesses identified during the Mid Term Evaluation. The sector also took into account the national framework within which the JLOS must feed into and contribute. The reason to continue the reforms were still based on the need to meet the set minimum standards in international human rights treaties that Uganda has ratified and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda for an efficient and effective justice system. It was also premised on the recognition that a justice system ensures safety of the person and security  of property, which are vital and necessary to provide an enabling environment for productive activity, investment and competitiveness; and hence poverty reduction and economic development.

The JLOS comprises ten institutions that discharge their mandates in an independent way. These mandates cover law and order aspects, as well as justice specific issues. The planning process for SIP II considered the multi–dimensional and multi–institutional nature of justice for which consensus had to be built on common values and acommon policy framework. To achieve this, a Task Force including the JLOS Secretariat and representatives of the JLOSTechnical Committee, with the assistance of a consultant facilitated discussions and negotiations that resulted into ownership of the process and commitment to implement the reforms. As a reform programme, the sector consultations and discussion aimed at identifying areas and strategies for reform over routine delivery of service. The challenge of a
widened focus for the reform with limited human and financial resource required the sector to seek solutions in innovative and cost effective approaches to addresses the weaknesses in the system, and which would demonstrate results for the benefit of
the people. The Plan provides the JLOS a unified policy and planning framework and strategy for reform to ensure that all the institutions operate in a coordinated manner, using common approaches towards a shared goalunder the leadership of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

Created Date Tuesday, 02 August 2016
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LASPNET - Strategic Plan July 2015 - June 2020

Created Date Thursday, 21 August 2014
Modified Date Friday, 12 September 2014
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A  recent  mapping  exercise  indicated  that  Uganda  lags  far  behind  t o  comparator  countries such as  India  and  South  Africa  on  the  provision  of  legal  aid.  For  instance,  despite  the  Constitutional guarantee of equality before the law, in Article 21, Government is yet to develop and implement a legal  aid  policy.  In  South  Africa,  government  makes  available  legal  representation  to  indigent persons at State  expense through  the  Legal Aid Board established under the Legal Aid Act. India created a National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) under the Legal Services Authorities Act to lay down  policies  and  principles  for  making  legal  services  available  through  schemes  deemed  to  be most  effective  and  economical.  NALSA  disburses  funds  and  grants  to  State  Legal  Services Authorities and NGOs for implementing legal aid schemes and programmes.

The  Mapping  Report  indicates  that  Government  has  not  engaged  fully  in  delivering  legal  aid.  Its services so far stop at providing legal aid to persons charged with serious criminal offences, under Article  128.  There  is  however  a  JLOS  legal  aid  task  force  indicating  future  opportunities  to  be explored in the medium term. Government departments that have initiated related services such as the Police’s Child and Family Protection Unit have demonstrated the demand for the service since such units are regularly overwhelmed by clients seeking a wide range of services associated with legal aid (Mapping Report, 2009). As is often the case when Government does not fully involve itself in a service, Civil Society comes in, first to articulate the existing problem, and second to sell it to government for an enabling law, third to get the governmen t to provide resources. LASPNET as a group of organisations offering free legal aid services recognised the gap in  “access to justice” in 2000. It formed itself into a loose network which has since been struggling to define what it is
and to draw up a formal plan of action that  gives  it  a sound basis for  working with the government in the process of providing justice to  vulnerable, indigent, and marginalised persons in Ugand




Created Date Thursday, 21 August 2014
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The National Development Plan 2010/11- 2014/2014

Created Date Friday, 12 September 2014
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The Third Jlos strategic Investment Plan (SIPIII)

Created Date Thursday, 21 August 2014
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Uganda Vision 2040

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