The Star: First part of RM1mil fund disbursed to aid Selangor’s poor in legal matters

THE Selangor legal aid fund programme to help the underprivileged get a fair trial has been launched in Shah Alam.

It was made possible by subsidies from the state government to Selangor Bar Council.

Out of the RM1mil allocated for a span of three years, RM300,000 has been channelled to the Selangor Bar so far.

To be eligible for the legal aid, an applicant must earn less than RM3,000 a month and be a Malaysian, Selangor voter and Selangor resident for 10 years.

Cases under the programme include family matters such as child custody and divorce as well as employment issues which include being laid off by employers disregarding contract terms.

Selangor Bar chairman Kokila Vaani said RM1,500 had been set aside for individual claims and RM2,000 for corporate claims.

“The state will provide application forms to state legislative service centres.

“The public can also find the forms online via a link or a QR code which will be provided.

“It is a simple four-step process. First, the applicants need to visit the community service centres or an assemblyman’s office.

“Then they must fill in the form and send it for collection. After that, the community service centre office will verify the information given.

“If the case is accepted, the last step is approaching the Selangor Bar with the approved form.

“As of now, about 30 lawyers have signed up under the programme,” said Kokila. — By MEGAT SYAHAR

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