Legal Aid Act

Part I - Preliminary provisions

1. Short title and commencement

This Act may be cited as the Legal Aid Act, 2017 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, appoint.

2. Application

This Act shall apply to Mainland Tanzania.

3. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:"advocate" has the meaning ascribed to it under the Advocates Act;"aided person" means a person who has been granted legal aid under this Act;"Assistant Registrar" means Assistant Registrar referred to under section 8;"Board" means the Board established under section 4;"Chief Court Administrator" means the Chief Court"indigent person" means a person whose means are insufficient to enable him to engage a private legal practitioner and includes other categories of persons where the interests of justice so require;"lawyer" means any person who is a holder of a bachelor degree in laws or its equivalent and provides legal services under a legal aid provider in accordance with this Act;"legal aid services" includes the provision of legal education and information, legal advice, assistance or legal representation to indigent persons;"legal assistance" means a legal support granted to a person on civil or criminal cases to assist that person to take legal steps in protection of his rights;"Minister" means the Minister responsible for legal affairs;"paralegal" means a person who is accredited and certified to provide legal aid services after completing necessary training in the relevant field of study approved or recognized by this Act;"Permanent Secretary" means a Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for legal affairs;"Registrar" means the Registrar referred to under section 6; and"Register" means a Register of Legal Aid providers established under this Act.