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1980 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Barbados, 28 April – 2 May 1980: Memoranda

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The Zambian Legal Aid System: Hope for Justice

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The basic principle behind the establishment of legal aid in almost all countries where the scheme operates is the provision of legal services for the poor and helpless, the disadvantaged members of the society: to enable them to defend themselves in both criminal and civil matters, or institute actions against offending parties. In other words to bring them, at least in theory, on par with other members of the society as far as availability of legal services is concerned. We shall see if in fact this idea is realised by the present system obtaining in Zambia, after we have examined the history of legal aid in Zambia, its present operations and determining its inadequacies, if any.

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