Ministry of Justice and Law

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Legal Aid


Legal Aid was established by Legal Act of 1978. It is mandated to provide legal representation to indigent Basotho. Currently, Legal Aid has a total of 17 Lawyers and the office is presently only based in Maseru. To attend cases in all districts, the department’s Lawyers travel to districts on scheduled dates to represent their clients in the districts courts.

Through provision of legal representation to indigent Basotho, the ministry will attain equitable, access and efficient administration of justice as prerequisite for human rights protection, sustainable social and economic development. The current legal frameworks should be reviewed to strengthen the legal aid and decentralise the legal aid to the indigent Basotho. The ministry will also review and improve ancient laws that protects the rights of vulnerable groups such as children and women. These include succession and administration of estates laws.