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LEGAL AID COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA ( LAC )

Legal assistance to the vulnerable groups of a country constitutes an important segment of the administration of justice. Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka (LAC) is the foremost amongst the various other institutions and organizations that cater to this important requirement, mainly due to its sustainability and stability.

During the past four to five years it has grown from having only 11 Centers island-wide to 65 Centers as at present.
The Legal Aid Commission (LAC) of Sri Lanka established in the year 1978 by Law No 27 of 1978 completes 32 years this year 2010. The Commission has at all times strived to make Wqual Access to Justice for All in Sri Lanka a reality.

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The Question / answer Pages of the Daily News and Lankadeepa were collated in book-form, printed and made available for sale in the year 2008. This continued into the year 2010 and the sales were quite satisfactory. Those purchasing this publication are not limited to lawyers and law Students but include present and retired public officials and the general public.

The Media Programmes were our legal officers participated commenced a couple of years ago and continue to date.

News Paper Medium Published Date Questions
Daily News English Every Friday 10-12
Lankakeepa Sinhala Every other Tuesday 12
Thinakaran Tamil Every other Wednesday 5 - 7

 

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CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

 

The Legal AId Commission (LAC) established in 1978 by Law No. 27 of 1978 is the only Statutory Body entrusted with the responsibility to provide access to justice for the marginalized sectors in Sri Lanka. The nine members of the Commission work on a voluntary basis, six of whom are elected by the Bar Council and three others are nominated by the Minister of Justice.

The Legal Aid Commission has shown sustainability and adaptability over the years rising to the various demands that have come up in our country. The years 2005 and 2006 were significant years for the Commision as it had to assist the tsunami victims to replace their lost legal documents, to provide them with legal assistance to recover from the historic devastation. The LAC with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank launched a special three years program for legal recovery, which concluded in August 2008.

It has to be recorded that during the difficult civil strife period the Legal Aid Commission functioned continuously in the North and East through its centers at Batticaloa, Akkaraipattu, Kalmunai, Jaffna and Vavuniya. The Commission with the generous funding by the Equal Access To Justice Project of the UNDP under the auspices of the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration undertakes criminal defense cases as well.

This latest activity of the LAC is in keeping with spirit of the ICCPR Act No 56 of 2007. It is to the credit of the Commission that Centers operate even in remote areas in the other part of the country such as Moneragala and Wellavaya. This publication has listed elsewhere the present 76 Centers of the Commission which would be an easy guide to any interested person. The LAC without confining to court based traditional legal aid has established Developmental Legal Aid Desks to promote Human Rights, Rights to Elders, Consumers, Children, Women, the Handicapped, Migrant Workers and Internally Displaced Persons.As legal aid is considered a human right, the State has taken the main responsibility to support the

work of the Commission. But special programs have been supported and continues to be supported by numerous donors including the Asian Development Bank, Asia Foundation, Access to Justice Program of the UNDP, USAID, and the IDLO, European Union, Norwegian Refugee Council. We thank all these donors who augmented the capacity of LAC.

Rohan Sahabandu PC
CHAIRMAN
LEGAL AID COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA