Legal Aid Department was established in September 1970 and its primary objective is to provide legal aid and advisory service to persons of limited means.
Now,the functions of the Legal Aid Department are as follows:
- To give legal advice on all legal matters (Fourth Schedule)
- To represent or provide legal assistance in proceedings in all courts in Malaysia within the jurisdiction as provided in the Second Schedule (criminal jurisdiction) and the Third Schedule (civil jurisdiction) Legal Aid Act 1971
- To provide mediation services
- To promote legal awareness to the general public on their rights under the law.