Legal Aid is a statutory service or scheme in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Namibia that was established under the Legal Aid, Act 29 of 1990 as amended. It is administered by the Legal Aid Directorate.
The Directorate of Legal Aid is housed in Kisting House no 10565 at the Corner of Mungunda and Richard Kamuhuka Street, Katutura, Windhoek.
The mandate of the Directorate of Legal Aid is to provide legal aid at State expense to indigent persons (i.e. those with inadequate means to afford legal services of private legal practitioners to represent them in proceedings before the courts.
It requires a legal practitioner to be instructed by the Directorate to carry out the mandate of legally-aided persons as per Article 12 and 95 of the Namibian Constitution as well as Legal Aid Act 29 of 1990, as amended. All clerks at Magistrate’s offices, Police and Prison Warders, assist in completion of legal aid applications -our legal aid application forms are available at all Magistrate offices countrywide. -Completed application forms should be submitted at the nearest Magistrate office.
The objective of the scheme is to ensure access to justice by providing equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial. Legal Aid is essential to ensure equal rights for justice for all, especially for people with inadequate income also referred to as indigents. Applications for Legal Aid are considered through a means test and the merits of a case.