About us

Guyana Legal Aid Clinic (formerly Georgetown Legal Aid Clinic) is a non-governmental, non-profit making, non-partisan organisation that provides legal aid to persons who cannot afford to employ the services of a member of the private bar.

We are registered in Guyana as a company limited by guarantee and have charitable status.

The Clinic opened in March 1994 in offices kindly provided by the Government of Guyana. We have to date been supported primarily by the Government of Guyana and USAID, but have also received donations in cash or kind from the British Government, the Canada Fund, Computer Aid International, individuals and the business community. We acknowledge and are grateful for every positive expression of support received.

Since it opened, the Clinic has assisted over 17,000 people, the majority of them women, to vindicate and protect their rights under the Guyana justice system.

MISSION: To promote the rule of law, human rights and justice

MANDATE: To improve access to justice for the poor and other disadvantaged and vulnerable persons

Our Objectives

  • To provide subsidised or free professional assistance to persons who, faced with either criminal cases, civil disputes or the need for legal advice, are in danger of having their rights infringed or other legal needs unmet because of poverty and lack of means
  • To increase public knowledge of basic legal rights and duties and of the legal process
  • To make the most efficient use of resources

Our Strategies

  • Provision of legal advice to persons eligible for legal aid
  • Provision of legal representation to persons eligible for legal aid
  • Provision of public education about basic legal rights and duties and the legal process
  • Collaboration and networking with the government and NGOs providing similar or complementary services
  • Referral of persons needing non-legal help to appropriate organisations and agencies
  • Identifying and accessing means of support for the sustainability of the Clinic

Our Finances

As a non-profit organisation, we are very largely dependent upon financial and other support received from the government, donor agencies and socially conscious entities and individuals.

We have in the past received several grants under bilateral arrangements between the governments of Guyana and the United States of America, including three grants under the USAID GDCCR (Guyana Democratic Consolidation & Conflict Resolution) Project.

The Government of Guyana has supported the Clinic since it opened, providing us with our first attorneys-at-law on secondment, rent-free office space and an annual subvention, and true to its commitment to improve access to justice for the poor and other disadvantaged and vulnerable persons throughout Guyana, has, since 2008, provided the Clinic with approximately $32 million a year to enable the expansion and continuation of legal aid services.

It is in view of the expansion of legal aid services enabled with government funding that the name of the Clinic was in September 2008 changed from Georgetown Legal Aid Clinic to Guyana Legal Aid Clinic.

We comply with the specific financial accountability requirements of our donors, and our auditors, Ram & McRae, perform audits of our annual accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2015 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2014 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2013 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2012 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2011 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2010 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2009 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2008 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2007 audited accounts.

Please click here to access the PDF version of our 2006 audited accounts.