Legal aid shrinking due to delayed payments, Malaysian Bar report says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Fewer people are getting free legal aid and fewer lawyers are providing such services due to delays in payments in a government-backed scheme, the Malaysian Bar’s annual report said.

In the report presented at the Malaysian Bar’s 71st annual general meeting today, it acknowledged the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) —which is jointly coordinated by the Bar Council and government — was facing issues in making timely payments to lawyers providing counsel under the scheme.

“For a variety of reasons, payments to YBGK lawyers began to slow down from November 2015,” the Bar Council’s National Legal Aid Committee said in its report that was sighted by Malay Mail Online.

“The delay in payments to YBGK lawyers caused immense difficulties for the lawyers, and led to great dissatisfaction and a decrease in the number of lawyers prepared to take on new YBGK work.” Read more