Bar Council Legal Aid Center

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Bar Council Legal Aid Centre

The Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (BCLAC) was founded by the Malaysian Bar Council with the purpose of providing citizens equal opportunity for the enforcements of their fundamental right to equality before the law. It is one of two organisations in Malaysia which provide FREE legal ADVICE & REPRESENTATION, and it has branches to represent each state in Malaysia.

The BCLAC are actively involved in pro-bono work in the community, and conduct many programmes in cooperation with other organisation (e.g. All Women Action Society (AWAM), Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sisters-In-Islam (SIS), Tenaganita’s Migrant Workers Desk, Pink Triangle Foundation, United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)) to provide free legal advice & representation to relevant parties.
The BCLAC is funded by the sole contribution of members of the Bar and cases are taken on a voluntary basis by dedicated lawyers. As such, you will appreciate that their services are limited to those who truly have no means to seek representation privately.

What happens after you walk into a LAC?
The first thing that happens is that you will be interviewed to review your eligibility for their services, using the Means Test (see below). The counsellors will then review your case and provide guidance on future actions required.

If you have not brought all the required documents, the counsellors may provide preliminary advice, but will require these documents to be submitted to proceed further.

Means Test

The criteria for people who qualify for legal aid from the BCLAC are:

Applicants whose monthly income, after deduction of monthly expenses, should be:
 Single person                                    RM650
 Married couple (joint income)           RM900

 e.g. Single person      Salary           :  RM1000 p/m
                                   Monthly exp.:  RM450
                                   Balance     :  RM550 (QUALIFIED)
NOTE: Monthly expenses include rental, utility bills, medical bills, personal expenses, monies given to support parents/family, etc.

When visiting the LAC, you should provide proof of income (e.g. payslip), monthly expenses (e.g. rental receipt, medical expenses etc.) and details of the case you seek help on.

What are the cases which are not covered by LAC?

Note all the cases are accepted by LAC, they do not help individual on the below cases:

1.Motor Accident
2.Debt Collection
3.Defamation Conveyancing
4. Probate/ Letter of Administration
5.Any offence that carries a DEATH or LIFE SENTENCE

What if you do not qualify?
Even if you do not qualify for the above, the LAC are more than happy to provide basic guidelines and directions for further action to ‘walk-in’ clients. They also hold a directory of legal firms available in the area.

They do not entertain legal queries via the telephone, to ensure the integrity of any information given.

Also, keep in mind that not all cases require legal representation. For example, for a small claims case – no legal representation is necessary. You only need to submit a form to the Magistrate Court 9, Jalan Duta (available there).

Small claims cases include all actions where the money damages claimed are not in excess of RM5,000.

Where are the LACs located?
 Address and contact details for LACs nationwide are found at:
 http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/legal_aid_centres.html

The Kuala Lumpur LAC contact is:

Bar Council Legal Aid Centre
(Kuala Lumpur),
6th Floor, Wisma Kraftangan,
Jalan Tun Perak,
50050 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: 03-26932072 / 26913005
Fax: 03-26930527
E-mail : lacklb@klbar.org.my
Website: www.legalaidkl.org

There are 2 LAC in Selangor:

The Shah Alam contact is:

Bar Council Legal Aid Centre Selangor
No. 41A, Jalan Bola Jaring
13/15, Section 13
40100 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel : 03-5510 7007 / 7008
Fax : 03-5510 7009
Email :sellac@streamyx.com

The Kuala Selangor LAC contact is:
Bar Council Legal Aid Centre
Kuala Selangor
No. 32, 1st Floor
Jalan Bendahara, 1/1 Taman Bendahara
45000, Kuala Selangor
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel : 03-3281 2428
Fax : 03-3281 2427
Email : kslac@streamyx.com

We at eLawyer find that the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre plays a very honourable and indispensable role in protecting the rights of underprivileged citizens. By their efforts, we can be assured that justice is meted out according to the law and not swayed by power or privilege.

 

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2 Responses to “Bar Council Legal Aid Center”

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  2. Halim Ahmad says:

    I need help, and unable to pay any legal fee as my monthly debt is skyhigh even i earn more then RM 2000.00, could i still receive free legal aid and representation. I need to sue my ex-employer as terminated my working contract unethically, i just do not have any saving what so ever as i had used all to support myself and family for 5 struggling month and yet the company live happily ever after, please somebody help me i just want justice……

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