Children’s Legal Aid

The Children’s Legal Aid Project (latterly Children’s Legal Aid), funded by UNICEF under agreement between the Clinic and the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport, was launched in September 2007 to provide legal aid services directly to children (persons under 18) who need assistance with criminal and/or civil matters.

It was intended that the project would “tie in” with a reformed system of juvenile justice to be established by new legislation and with a national children’s help line. The legislation has not as yet been passed, nor has a help line as yet been established, but it is hoped that there will be developments in relation to both these initiatives in the not too distant future.

UNICEF continued to support Children’s Legal Aid until mid-July 2012 and with effect from 1 November 2012, legal aid services to children came under ‘general’ legal aid. They continue to be provided absolutely free.

Children may approach Children’s Legal Aid directly or be referred by government ministries and agencies, NGOs that provide non-legal assistance to children such as Help & Shelter and Red Thread, friends or relatives.

Children may approach the clinic directly or be referred by government ministries and agencies, NGOs that provide non-legal assistance to children such as Help & Shelter and Red Thread, friends or relatives.

Click on the following links for newspaper articles about children’s legal aid

Juvenile court matters…Effective communication could be catalyst for reduction - Kaieteur News 4 January, 2012

Children’s Legal Aid to provide free assistance to some remanded juveniles - Kaieteur News 7 January, 2012

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Children's Legal Aid Project Statistics 200715.09 KB
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Children's Legal Aid Project Statistics 200946.78 KB
Children's Legal Aid Project Statistics 201047 KB
Children's Legal Aid Statistics 201147.42 KB
Children's Legal Aid Statistics January - October 201247.96 KB
Children's Legal Aid Statistics September 2007 - October 201249.04 KB
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