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National Legal Aid Service

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined May 2020

5 regions in Kenya i.e. Mombasa Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Nairobi. Our mission is to enhance access to the indigent&vulnerable. Programs: ADR, Criminal justice, Child rights,Paralegalism and Family.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health

The National Legal Aid Service (NLAS),is a body corporate established under the Legal Aid Act 2016, Laws of Kenya. It is mandated to among other things facilitate the provision of legal aid services in a coordinated manner to the indigent, vulnerable and margenalized citizenery, by ensuring that the services are accessible, affordable, accountable, transparent and efficient.

NLAS is governed by a board comprising of 11 members who are representatives of State and none Sate actors. It also has a Secretariat comprising of a director, techincal and support staff who are mandated to provide administrative work.

The service has a presence in five counties within Kenya i.e. Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru with intention to establish offices in all the 47 counties.

The service provides legal aid (to eligible clients) in criminal matters, civil matters and matters of public interest. Its services are also extended to stateless persons and internally displaced persons.

The service recognizes that it cannot act alone while discharging its functions and therefore it collaborates and coordinates service provision among legal aid providers in Kenya through accrediation.


People Associated With This Organization

Ann Wainaina

National Legal Aid Service
Joined May 2020
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Women's Rights
An advocate of the high court of Kenya with more than 7 years of experience in legal aid. I work for the National Legal Aid Service (NLAS), Kenya, where I coordinate provision of legal aid to children in need of care and protection. I am interested in joining the network in order to not only get to learn and adopt what other like minded organisations are doing in their respective countries to forge the way forward in advocating for the legal aid needs of its citizenry in cases of emergency caused by COVID-19 but also, if granted the opportunity share what my organization is doing to curb the challenges we are experiencing as a result of the pandemic.
Ann Wainaina is the network champion (main point of contact) for National Legal Aid Service.

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