Paralegal Services Support Government Strategies

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq said the paralegal services are part of comprehensive legal aid that supports government strategies on a voluntary basis to provide legal assistance.

He made the remarks during a program titled “National Stakeholder Consultation on Institutionalizing the Paralegal Approach”, organized by GIZ Bangladesh, in Dhaka on Saturday, a press release said.

The minister said: “In order to realize the dream of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to delivering prompt and cost-effective justice to the citizens of this country.”

“We have extended the concept of legal aid to legal aid to include legal advice, guidance and counseling for mediation to be provided at people’s doorsteps,” he added.

Speaking as the chairperson of the event, Md Golam Sarwar, Secretary, Law and Justice Division, Ministry of Justice, said that the government has incorporated in the eighth five-year plan the priority areas to address the challenges facing the justice system and to identify strategies to make justice easily and efficiently accessible to claimants.

HE Achim Tröster, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, said: “The paralegal system is a key element in facilitating access to justice. Germany has been contributing to the development of this approach in Bangladesh for more than 10 years. With the institutionalization of this approach by the government of Bangladesh, a new chapter in the success story begins.

Dr. Andreas Kuck, Country Director of GIZ Bangladesh, mentioned that the paralegal advisory service has demonstrated how innovation can be integrated into the justice system for better access to justice where interventions and approaches can be incorporated into the national planning and implementation where the GO-NGO partnership can play a vital role in ensuring legal assistance to vulnerable people.

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