School of Law

Legal Aid South Africa

Establishment and aims of Legal Aid South Africa Legal Aid South Africa is an independent statutory body established by the Legal Aid South Africa Act 39, 2014, as amended. The aims of Legal Aid SA are to:
  • Give legal aid or to make legal aid available to indigent persons within its financial means.
  • Provide legal representation at State expense, as set out in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution) and relevant legislation giving content to the right to legal representation at State expense.
  • Provide education and information concerning legal rights and obligations.
Legal Aid South Africa’s role is to provide legal aid to those who cannot afford their own legal representation. This includes poor people and vulnerable groups such as women, children and the rural poor. It does this in an independent and unbiased manner with the intention of enhancing justice and public confidence in the law and administration of justice.