How does Legal Aid work in Pakistan?

Pakistan has a multi-pronged structure of legal aid: (1) Pakistan Bar Council Free Legal Aid Rules, 1999 includes provision of ‘free legal aid to indigent litigants’ under ‘Bar Council Legal Aid Committees’, (2) Access to Justice Development Fund, established by the Government of Pakistan under the supervision of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan works towards protection of genuine legal rights or interests of deserving litigants through ‘District Legal Empowerment Committees’ (3) Civil and Criminal Procedure Codes contains provisions to deal with legal aid, wherein Section 340 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1890 provides for counsel at State expense.

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