Closure of the Clinic due to COVID-19
The Clinic is closed in order to safeguard the well-being of staff and clients. Information can be provided on the phone.
A Guide to the Juvenile Justice Act 2018
UNICEF has kindly given permission for the electronic version of their guide to be made available on our site as a means of public education
Please click here to access the guide
Sexual Offences Handbook
Help & Shelter has kindly given permission for the electronic version of their Sexual Offences Act Handbook to be made available on our site as a means of public education
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
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.
GAWL's The Law and You Series
The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers has kindly given permission for their “The Law and You IV" booklet to be made available on our website as a means of public education
Booklets about the Revised Constitution of Guyana 2001
The Women and Gender Equality Commission has kindly given permission for the electronic version of their booklets on the Revised Constitution of Guyana 2001 to be made available on our website as a means of public education.
Red Thread's Household Guide to the Domestic Violence Act
Red Thread Women's Development Organisation has kindly given permission for their Household Guide to the Domestic Violence Act to be accessed from our website.