Ghana’s Legal Aid Scheme (LAS) was created in 1997 to ensure that all citizens have equal access to justice and equal treatment before the law. Supported by the Government of Ghana, its goal is to achieve a just and equitable society by providing nationwide quality legal aid. LAS acts as a Public Defender in cases where Ghana’s socially and financially disadvantaged citizens may require legal services. With a presence in all districts throughout Ghana, the LAS works to provide information for the general public to increase their understanding of the law, and the legal services they can receive.
The LAS is fundamental to the fight against corruption, where legal aid can be offered to citizens wishing to pursue cases of corruption. Encouraging citizens to file lawsuits against public officials in cases of misappropriated funds for example can help to reduce the size of the problem. ARAP supports the training of lawyers and paralegals, as well as public education activities in such anti-corruption efforts.
Strengthen LAS Anti-Corruption Role
The LAS was created to provide legal assistance to vulnerable people and ensure all citizens have equal access and treatment before the law.
ARAP helps strengthen the LAS’ capacity with the role they can play in accountability and anti-corruption, particularly through staff training. Reinforcing its institutional role with a proper Legal Aid Policy is a crucial part of this.