These funds will be channeled through the Program for Empowerment and Aid Delivery (PLEAD) which will be the first of its kind in Sub-saharan Africa.
PLEAD is implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Kenya, National Commission for the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), Department of Justice (DoJ) and National Legal Aid Service (NLAS), Supported by communities and other players in the justice sector.
“The general objective of PLEAD is to improve the law as effective ways to deal with insecurity, conflict and social and economic grievances in Kenya,” the EU said.
The expected outcomes of the program are; access to legal aid, especially in disadvantaged and high-risk districts, is being improved.
In 2018, the EU provided Kenya with Ksh 4.2 billion in access to justice in Kenya through the PLEAD program.
The National Legal Aid Service (NLAS) is an organization under the office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice.
Legal aid is a human rights issue, and our aim is to provide effective, affordable, and effective legal awareness and a legal aid delivery system that expands access to justice for all.
To qualify for legal aid, a person must apply for the job by completing the form prescribed under the Legal Aid (general) 2020 rules.
Lawyers who wish to provide their services as legal aid providers are also expected to apply using the same process.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, the service may provide limited legal assistance to the client on the condition that you donate money to the fund.
NLAS will also charge for the accreditation of various legal aid providers in terms of the funding schedule for the Legal Aid (general) laws of 2020.
Offices are located in five districts; Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru and Eldoret.
EU assistance comes at a time when the judiciary is fighting backlogs and changing its leadership. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) appointed Judge Martha Koome as the country’s first female Chief Justice in April 2021.
Koome, who will be examined by Parliament before being sworn in, will replace retired Judge David Maraga, whose term expired in January 2021.
During the interview, Justice Koome said he would use his 33-year experience as a person within the judiciary to transform the courts. His priorities include reducing backlogs by facilitating the appointment of additional judges and magistrates, the operation of the Justice Fund to promote its independence, promoting the use of technology and building more courts.