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2019 J.L. & Soc. Pol'y 1 (2019)

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                                                      Journal of Law and Social Policy 1
                                                            Issue: 1, September 2019



 Access to Justice through Legal Aid in Nigeria: An Exposition on some Salient Features of
                                   the Legal Aid Act




   1.  Akintunde Abidemi  ADEBAYO
       LL.B (Hons.), B.L, LL.M, Ph.D, Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
       AdekunleAjasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria;
       Email: akintunde adebgyg d hooMcoMuk

   2.  Anthonia Omosefe  UGOWE
       LL.B (Hons.), B.L, LL.M, Doctoral Candidate (University of Dundee, UK),
       Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, P.M.B 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria.
       Email: anthoniaugo@yahoo.com   (or)ugowe.ao@unilorin.edu.ng.


                                       Abstract

       According to Black's Law Dictionary, justice is the fair and proper administration of
       laws. Similarly, access to justice is the ability to make use of the courts and other
       relevant institutions to efficiently protect and enforce rights. Access to justice is
       imperative in every society. People will access justice only if the right environment is
       created. In a bid to remove this major barrier in accessing justice, the Legal Aid Council
       of Nigeria was established in 1976. The concept of legal aid means the provision of free
       legal services to the indigent and underprivileged members of the society. Its importance
       cannot be overemphasized particularly considering the level of illiteracy and poverty
       which are considerably on the high side in Nigeria. Hence, in 2011, the Legal Aid Act
       2011 was enacted. The birth of the Act repealed the old Act. This article analyses 3ethe
       provisions of both Acts with emphasis on the innovations of the new Act to promote
       access to justice and concludes with recommendations. With respect to the Council, it
       finds that there is need for better funding and engagement of more salaried lawyers in
       order to enable it carry out its functions as the Council is grappling with the challenge of
       underfunding and recruitment of more hands to work towards the achievement of its set
       objectives, among others.

Key words: Access to Justice, Justice, Legal Aid Council, Indigents, pro bono.

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