Rights lawyers have called upon the government to provide more legal assistance to the poor inmates languishing in jails without trial.
They made the call as the country is set to observe the National Legal Aid Day 2023 today.
The government can create a mechanism so every lawyer could be obliged to represent the poor in the courts, according to the lawyers.
The rights lawyers mentioned that many poor people were languishing in jails without trial after being accused of various crimes.
‘As per the law, every lawyer in developed countries needs to fight a certain number of cases in favour of poor people facing various criminal charges,’ said jurist Shahdeen Malik.
He said that every bar association should introduce such practice so every lawyer must take at least one case to represent the poor facing criminal cases.
Shahdeen said that in foreign countries free legal services were provided mostly to the poor people facing criminal cases.
He added that the citizens’ liberty would be curtailed if they were detained in jail for long.
Until April 2023, National Legal Aid Services Organisation provided legal assistance to 3.53 lakh people across the country since 2009, said a release issued by the law ministry on Thursday.
The release said that a total of 82, 588 disputes or cases were disposed of through the out-of-court settlements.
It mentioned that Tk 134.93 crore were realised and distributed to the victims in most dowry-related cases.
Rights lawyer ZI Khan Panna told New Age that donors increased fund to state-owned legal aid service providers as they are getting increased response from poor people.
The government is set to observe the national Legal Aid Day today.
Legal aid panel lawyer at Supreme Court Khurshid Alam Khan said that more skilled lawyers should be engaged in dealing with